Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
Buoyed by a thrilling 4-0 win over Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia will look to return to winning ways when they take on Botswana at Francistown Stadium. The Eagles of Carthage aim to retain top position in Group J, and the bookies see them as hot favourites to win Sunday’s clash. St Etienne forward Wahbi Khazri has been omitted following his participation in the Ligue 1 playout, while Al Arabi midfielder Youssef Msakni is pushing for a start after scoring a brace in the opener.
The Zebras, on the other hand, failed to spoil Libya’s party at Martyrs of February Stadium, and they face yet another uphill task against Tunisia. Since the Eagles of Carthage impressed in their first group game, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on the away team. Both Kgaswane and Setsile are pushing for a start, speaking of the home team.
Highlighted Player (Wahbi Khazri):
After spending his youth career at JS Ajaccio and Bastia, Wahbi Khazri continued playing for les Bleus at senior level. The attacking midfielder, who is capable of playing as a winger as well, netted 31 goals in 171 league games for Bastia and in 2014 he moved to fellow Ligue 1 team Bordeaux. Khazri was producing fine performances with les Girondins from 2014 to 2016 and, as a result, Sunderland chiefs decided to sign him on 30 January, 2016.
The Tunisian international, who was born on 8 February, 1991 in Ajaccio, Corsica, France made one appearances for the France U21 team, but he decided to represent Tunisia senior team on the international stage. Khazri played for Tunisia at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, but the Eagles of Carthage failed to make it to the knockout stages of the tournament.
It has to be noted that the Tunisian international scored two goals in 14 appearances for Sunderland in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and he certainly helped the Black Cats secure yet another top flight survival.
Highlighted Team (Tunisia):
Tunisia are considered one of the most successful African teams. Les Aigles de Carthage (Eagles of Carthage) made their 18th appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, with the team suffering elimination in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
In 2004 Tunisia won their first and only African Cup of Nations trophy as they defeated Morocco in the title game. Jaziri and Santos scored for the Eagles of Carthage in the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations final, with Mokhtari scoring a consolation goal for Morocco. Tunisia played in the final of the tournament in 1965 and 1996 as well, but they eventually finished as runners-up.
Speaking of their appearances at the FIFA World Cup finals, the Tunisia National football team participated at the major tournament on four occasions (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006), but they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the tournament. The colour of Tunisia’s home kit is white, while they play their away matches in red shirts and red short s. Radhi Jaidi is the player with most caps for Tunisia (105).