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2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS : TUNISIA HOPING TO GO PAST LIBYA AND REAPPEAR IN WORLD CUP AFTER 2006

Tunisia will be hoping to advantage of their home invincibility  as they take on Libya on Saturday  to secure a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament.

Coach Nabil Maaloul of the Carthage Eagles is aware he cannot fail Tunisia as they would need at least a draw to scale through to Russia 2018.

The Carthage Eagles are sitting at the top of Group A table with 13 points from five matches – they have four wins, one draw and no loss yet.

If they qualify, Tunisia will be reappearing on the biggest stage of International football for the first time since 2006.

One of Tunisia’s stars, Youssef Msakni has attributed their recent success and near qualification to god’s favour as he admits it has not been easy.

“Thanks to God, our campaign has been a success until now,” Msakni said.

“Going into our final match in Rades, we need just a single point to qualify for the World Cup.

“This Tunisia team now has a lot of character, and we showed that in our last two games against Congo DR and Guinea.

“Despite trailing both times, we were able to go home with positive results that have made all the difference – we never lost faith our ability.”

However, meeting a desperate Libyan side will not be a walk in the park for the hosts.

The Mediterranean Knights will seek revenge after losing 1-0 at home in the reverse fixture.

As they have not reached the World Cup in their history, this match will be used as an opportunity to boost their morale and at least exit the campaign with two wins.

Coach Jalal Damja’s side sits at number four in the group with three points after losing four matches, with one win and no draws so far.

The Stade Olympique de Radès will host the highly anticipated encounter on Saturday at 17:30 (GMT).

Democratic Republic of Congo will be hosting Guinea in the other fixture in the group and if they win against the West African side, they would also get the chance but only when Tunisia looses.

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