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AFCON 2019 – TUNISIA HOST EGYPT IN A HOT NORTH AFRICAN DERBY

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Tunisia will square off with Egypt in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Stade Olympique de Rades in Rades on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 800h GMT.

The Eagles of Carthage have clinched the AFCON title once (in 2004). They were knocked out of the 2017 finals in the quarter-finals.

Tunisia took on Morocco in an international friendly last week Wednesday. Morocco emerged 1-0 winners over Tunisia in Marrakech.

Wahbi Khazri is the Eagles of Carthage’s dangerman and he will be eager to inspire Tunisia to victory over Egypt in a Group J encounter.

Meanwhile, Egypt are the most decorated team in the history of AFCON – having won seven titles. They were the runners-up at the 2017 finals.

The Pharaohs locked horns with Libya in an international friendly on Monday. Egypt ran out 1-0 winners over Libya in Cairo.

Mohamed Salah is the player to watch out for in the Egypt team and the winger will be hoping to score and help his nation beat Tunisia in a Group J clash.

The Egyptians have only managed to beat the Tunisians once in five matches as the Tunisians have won all remaining four.

Egypt’s 1-0 friendly over Tunisia in Cairo in January was marred by vicious crowd trouble as fans fight secret police with chairs as weapons.
The only goal of the game came in injury time when Marwan Mohsen but most of the action had already taken place in the stands with running battles wrecking the event.

HOOLIGANS ran amok as the international friendly between Tunisia and Egypt descended into a brutal brawl.

Inside the Cairo International stadium, Egypt supporters clashed – armed with seats – with rivals and secret plain-clothes police officers.

Egypt vs Tunisia riot

Egypt vs Tunisia riot

Egypt vs Tunisia riot

Egypt vs Tunisia riot

Niger and Swaziland are also part of Group J, and the two sides will square off at the Stade General-Seyni-Kountche in Niamey on Saturday.

 

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