Jemaa out of Tunisia's Nations Cup squad

 Essam Gomaa
Tunisia's Essam Gomaa (photo: reuters)
Mohamad Mosselhi
Tuesday 30 Dec 2014
The veteran striker will miss the African Nations Cup for the first time since 2006

Tunisia Belgian coach George Leekens announced on Tuesday his provisional 26-man squad for the upcoming Nations Cup that will start in Equatorial Guinea on 17 January.

The list saw the absence of Al-Sailiya's striker Issam Jemaa for the first time 2006.

The 30-year-old, who was a regular member of Tunisia's squad in the past five editions, has fallen out of favour with Leekens, who opted to select Fakhreddine Ben Youssef and Saber Khelifa instead of him.

Uncapped striker Yohan Touzghar was named in the roster following his fine displays with French outfit Lens.

Tunisia, who won the African title in 2004 on home soil, were drawn in Group B alongside Zambia, DR Congo and Cap Verde.


Goalkeepers:Moez Ben Cherifia (Espérance de Tunis), Farouk Ben Mustapha (Club Africain), Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile du Sahel)

 Defenders:  Mohamed Ali Yaâkoubi (Espérance de Tunis), Aymen Abdennour (AS Monaco), Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Syam Ben Youssef (Astra Giurgiu), Ali Maâloul (Club Sportif Sfaxien), Hamza Mathlouthi (CA Bizertin), Bilel Mohsni (Glasgow Rangers), Slim Ben Jemai (Laval), Yassine Mikari (Club Africain)

 Midfielders: Yassine Chikhaoui (FC Zurich), Stéphane Nater (Club Africain), Mohamed Ali Moncer (Club Sportif Sfaxien), Houcine Ragued (Espérance de Tunis), Ferjani Sassi (Club Sportif Sfaxien), Jamel Saihi (Montpellier), Wahbi Khazri (Bordeaux), Anis Ben Htira (Hertha Berlin)

 Forwards: Youssef Msakni (Lekhwiya), Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Club Sportif Sfaxien), Saber Khelifa (Club Africain), Hamza Younes (Ludogorets), Amine Chermiti (FC Zurich), Yohan Touzghar (RC Lens)

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