Tunisia announce final squad for AFCON 2019, Ahly's Maaloul out, Zamalek's Sassi in

The Eagles of Carthage started their preparatory camp for AFCON 2019 on 1 June

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 12 Jun 2019,
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Tunis's left-back Ali Maaloul (Reuters)

The Tunisian national team announced Tuesday night its final squad for this month's 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt, including Zamalek winger Ferjani Sassi, while Ahly's left-back Ali Maaloul wasn't available.

Despite calling him up in the preliminary squad announced 24 May, and also appearing in Monday's 2-1 friendly win over Croatia, Ahly defender Maaloul was surprisingly omitted from the final roster.

Étoile du Sahel's Karim Aouadhi replaced Maaloul in the final squad that included Sassi who cleared himself fit for the tournament after playing the final 15 minutes against Croatia.

The midfield maestro, Sassi, underwent surgery recently for a foot injury that had kept him off the field for over a month.

Under the helm of Tunisia coach Alain Giresse, the Eagles of Carthage started their preparatory camp for AFCON 2019 on 1 June.

Tunisia were drawn in Group E alongside Mali, Mauritania and Angola.

The Nations Cup, which has been expanded to 24 teams, will take place in Egypt from 21 June to 19 July.

Tunisia’s 23-man final squad:

Goalkeepers: Farouk Bin Mostafa (Al-Shabab – Saudi Arabia), Moaz Hassan (Nice - France), Moez Ben Cherifia (ES Tunis – Tunisia)

Defenders: Wajdi Kechrida (ES Tunis – Tunisia), Nassim Hnid (CS Sfaxien –Tunisia), Ayman Ben Mohamed (Esperance – Tunisia), Mohamed Dräger (SC Paderborn - Germany), Rami El-Badawi (Al-Faihaa - Saudi Arabia), Yassine Meriah (Olympiacos - Greece), Dylan Bronn (Gent - Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (AlEttifaq – Saudi Arabia), Karim Aouadhi (Étoile du Sahel – Tunisia)

Midfielders: Ferjani Sassi (Zamalek - Egypt), Marc Lamti (Bayer Leverkusen –Germany), Ghailene Chaaleli (Esperance – Tunisia), Anice Badri (Esperance – Tunisia), Elias Sukhairi (Montpellier - France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice – France), Naim Sliti (Dijon - France), Youssef Msakni (Eupen - Belgium).

Strikers: Taha Yassine Khenissi (Esperance – Tunisia), Firas Chaouat (CS Sfaxien – Tunisia), Wahbi Khazri (Sainte Etienne - France)

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