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Tunisia Look To Complete Mali Double

Tunisia will be looking to complete a double over Mali in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification third-round match at the Stade Hammadi Agrebi in Tunis on Tuesday.

Kick-off is at 19h30 GMT.

The Carthage Eagles secured a 1-0 win over Mali in the first-leg game with  Moussa Sissako scoring an unfortunate own-goal to give the Tunisians an advantage.

The North Africans, however, put out a rather lackluster showing offensively but benefited from Mali defensive mistake to hold the lead ahead of the return leg this week.

Tunisia will now be keen to avoid a defeat in order to qualify for the World Cup finals in Qatar in what would be their sixth appearance in the global tournament.

Saint-Etienne’s forward Wahbi Kahzri and Metz’s defender Dylan Bronn have been ruled out of the clash, but the Carthage Eagles have been boosted by the return of Youssef Msakni from injury.

Meanwhile, Mali are wounded at the moment and they are determined to overcome the deficit when they face the Carthage Eagles.

The Eagles of Mali have never had an opportunity to represent Africa in the global tournament and sees this match as the chance to make history to make their first appearance.

Mohamed Magassouba’s side have become one of most feared African side in recent years thanks to some exciting players plying their trade with top clubs in the world.

Mali will miss the services of Moussa Sissako received a red card in the first leg clash last week, but Almamy Toure of Eintracht Frankfurt is one of the players expected to replace him.

The last time Tunisia hosted Mali was in June 2021, where the Carthage Eagles emerged 1-0 winners in an international friendly game at the Stade Olympique Rades in Tunisia.


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