FIFA World Cup 2018: Tunisia’s Long Wait

FIFA World Cup 2018: Tunisia's Long Wait | thenewstribe.com

MOSCOW – Tunisia, back in the FIFA World Cup 2018 after a 12-year absence, has a lot to prove too.

The team, after all, blazed a trail in 1978 by becoming the first African team from the continent to win a match at the World Cup. In its three tournaments since from 1998 to 2006, it has yet to notch a second.

Though England is favorite, Tunisia is likely to present a challenge, especially if conditions remain hot and muggy. Tunisia, under Nabil Maaloul, is well-organized, particularly in defense. Spain can bear witness to that, requiring a late winner in their final friendly game before the World Cup.

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The team may have lost arguably its best creative player, Youssef Msakni, to injury, but it has others who can trouble England, not least the now fit-again forward Wahbi Khazri, who has turned in strong performances for French side Rennes while there on loan. Also, Ali Maaloul is a marauding left-back who could take advantage of any leaden-footed defending.

Still, Panama, in their final group match, is the more likely proposition for Tunisia to record a second World Cup victory.

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