Tunisia’s Maaloul ready for AFCON quarterfinal after testing negative for coronavirus

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 25 Jan 2022

Tunisia’s left-back Ali Maaloul announced on Tuesday that he tested negative for the coronavirus and will be ready for Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarterfinal confrontation against Burkina Faso.

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File Photo: Tunisia s defender Ali Maaloul (L) fights for the ball with Mauritania s forward Idrissa Thiam during the Group F Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 football match between Tunisia and Mauritania at Limbe Omnisport Stadium in Limbe on January 16, 2022. AFP

The 32-year-old Ahly player tested positive for the virus a week ago, missing a 1-0 loss to Gambia in the third round of the group stage before being absent also in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Nigeria in the round of 16.

Tunisia lost 1-0 to Mali in the group stage opening game before thrashing Mauritania 4-0.

Against Nigeria, the Carthage Eagles were suffering from the absence of seven players, including Maaloul, besides head coach Mondher Kebaier — also due to a coronavirus infection.

The Tunisian trio: Forward Ghaylene Chaalali, forward Yohan Touzghar, and goalkeeper Dahmen Aymen also have reportedly tested negative from the virus on Tuesday. 

​The North Africans will be facing Burkina Faso, who eliminated Gabon after a penalty shootout in the round of 16 of the continental prestigious tournament.

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