Breaking: Tunisia coach, 12 players test positive for COVID-19 ahead Super Eagles AFCON 2021 clash

Tunisia AFCON team

Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles will not be with 12 of their players after they tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Round of 16 knockout clash on Sunday against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Several Tunisian players and Mondher Kebaier, the head coach, tested positive for COVID-19.

Kebaier was absent during the pre-match press conference on Saturday at the media centre of the Roumdje Adjia Stadium, Garoua.

Tunisia’s assistant coach, Jalal Al-Qadri, confirmed during press conference that Captain, Wahbi Khazri and eleven others have contracted COVID-19 and will not be available for tomorrow’s game.

He said Wahbi Khazri, captain of the Carthage Eagles, and eleven others have contracted COVID-19 and will not be available for the game.

The other eleven players are Aissa Laidouni, Dylan Bronn, Ghaylène Chaalali, Ellyes Skhiri, Anis Ben Slimane, Mohamed Romdhane, Ali Maâloul, Ben Hmida, Aymen Dahmen Yoann Touzgha and Issam Jebali.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha is suspended for the game.

Tunisia qualified for the round of 16 after finishing as one of the four best losers in the group stage.

They won their first game 4-0 against Mauritania and lost their remaining two matches.

The Carthage Eagles last met the Nigerian side during the third-place game at the 2019 AFCON in Cairo, Egypt which they lost by alone goal scored by Odion Ighalo in the early first half