Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2021 match:
Tunisia will be aiming to extend their winning run in Group J to three games when they host Tanzania at Stade Olympique de Rades on Friday evening. The Tunisians have been in a fine form in 2020, with the team beating Sudan 3-0, while sharing the spoils with Nigeria in October friendlies. The Group J leaders are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field.
A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be experienced attacker Wahbi Khazri, who scored the winner against Equatorial Guinea. Tanzania, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Libya, but spoiling Tunisia’s party in Rades is easier said than done. Since Mondher Kbaier’s troops scored seven goals in total in the previous two home games, we are positive that the visitors will return home empty-handed.
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 (Tanzania):
Affiliated to the Confederation of African Football, Tanzania national football team play their home games at National Stadium in Dar es Salam. Tanzania have yet to qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals, but they will have a chance to prove their worth at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Taifa Stars take on Senegal at 30 June Air Defence Stadium on their debut at the African Nations Cup and they will face the likes of Algeria and Kenya in the group stages as well. Tanzania play their home games in white shirts and white shirts, whilst their away colours are white and black.
The Taifa Stars played their first ever international game against Tanganyka, with the team beating the minnows 7-0 back in 1945. The Tanzania national football team recorded their biggest win against Somalia on December 1, 1995, whilst they suffered their biggest defeat in 1956 against Kenya (0-9).