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Tunisia set for Liberia tussle

Tunisia will be out to build on their comprehensive display in their opening 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Djibouti when they come up against Liberia in Monrovia on Saturday.

Kick-off at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium is scheduled for 18h00 CAT.

The Eagles of Carthage thrashed Djibouti 8-1 in their opening Group A clash in Rades, with midfielder Yassine Chikhaoui netting a first-half hat-trick for the hosts.

The commanding win puts Henryk Kasperczak’s troops in a good space heading to West Africa, knowing another win will cement them as early favourites to progress to the finals in Gabon.

In fact, the North Africans have been one of the most consistent teams over the past two decades and are aiming to qualify for their 13th AFCON in succession and will be confident of doing so under the guidance of Kasperczak, who is enjoying his second spell in charge of the national team.

Liberia looked good for a point in their opening game in Lomé, but a late Emanuel Adebayor goal secured a 2-1 win for Togo.

The Lone Stars have only recently started playing on their home turf due to the Ebola crisis that has hit the region and will be eager to take full advantage in front of their home fans.

Kasperczak has relied on mostly locally based footballers, with no fewer than eight Étoile du Sahel players named in the squad to face Liberia – the ‘Red Devils’ recently qualified for the semifinals of the CAF Confederation Cup.


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