Tunisia coach to rotate squad against Gabon

Karim Farouk, Monday 30 Jan 2012

New faces will appear for Tunisia in their group-stage match against Gabon


Tunisia coach Sami Trabelsi is set to rest many of his choices for the starting eleven on Tuesday, when he will take on Gabon in the third and final game of the African Cup of Nations’ group stage.

The Carthage Eagles – just like Gabon – have already secured their way through the quarters, but the top of the group is yet to be played during this encounter.

"Some players need to rest and we will spare others for technical reasons. I have faith in all 23 players, and if some were on the bench over the past two games, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t as good, maybe better, than the ones who played," Trabelsi told reporters during a press conference on Monday.

Players like Anis Boussaïdi, Hocine Ragued, Jamel Saihi and Wissem Ben Yahia are likely to have a starting role, while Bilel Ifa, Mejdi Traoui, Karim Haggui, Khaled Korbi, Ammar Jemal and Aymen Mathlouthi are expected to play very little to avoid their suspension in the quarter-finals, as they have all been booked over the previous matches.

"We want to win all our games; the players are very willing and determined. Until now we have accomplished our target but we need to improve offensively in the next stages because we will play experienced and solid teams and you can’t afford to miss the slightest chance," he concluded.

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