Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2021 match:
Friday’s football game at Stade Olympique de Rades pits together Tunisia and Libya, the two teams who face each other at the start of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. The Tunisians were producing scintillating performances at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, with the team making it to the semi-finals of the showpiece tournament in Egypt.
The Aigles de Carthage aim to, at least, repeat the success, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Libya in their opener. The Libyans aim to put an end to their four-game winless run in all competitions, but we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Tunisia’s party at Stade Olympique de Rades. You should bear in mind that Tunisia, who are a real force to be reckoned with at home, are eyeing their third consecutive win over Libya.
Highlighted Player (Ellyes Skhiri):
After spending his youth career at Montpellier, Ellyes Skhiri continued playing for la Paillade at senior level. In 2019 he moved to Bundesliga side Koln, signing a four-year contract with the Billy Goats. Shkiri was born in Lunel, France on May 10, 1995, but he has a dual citizenship as his parents are of Tunisia descent.
The Koln midfielder made debut with the Tunisian national team in a 1-0 win over Iran on March 23, 2018 and he represented Tunisia at the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia later that year. Ellyes Skhiri’s main position is defensive midfielder, but he is capable of producing fine performances at both right and centre back.
His preferred foot is right and he has a contract with Koln until June 30, 2026. The Tunisia international made his Bundesliga debut on August 17, 2019 in a 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg and he scored his first ever goal in the German top flight in a 2-1 win over Freiburg on August 31, 2019.
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).