The technical staff of the Tunisian national team received good news before the start of its qualifying campaign for the African Cup of Nations “Cote d’Ivoire 2023”, by confirming the return of central defender Yassin Meriah to training with his Emirati team Al-Ain.
Meriah (29 years old) was one of the pillars of the defense line in the “Carthage Eagles” team before he suffered a cruciate ligament injury during his participation in the Tunisia match against Egypt, in the semi-finals of the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021, which ended with the victory of the Tunisian team (1- 0) and cross it to the final.
Meriah is one of the players expected to be called up to the national team next September to participate with the Tunisian national team in the preparations for the 2022 World Cup, which will be held between November 21 and December 18.
Mortada Ben Ounass injured..Doubts about his joining the Tunisian national team camp next June
As for the negative news received by the technical staff of the Tunisian national team, it was represented in the injury of the professional left wing in the ranks of the Turkish Kassem Pasha team, Mortada Ben Ounas, and it became very likely that he would be absent from the next camp of the Tunisian national team; He needs a rest period of at least 3-4 weeks, so it will be difficult for him to participate in the first and second rounds of the “Carthage Eagles” in the African Nations Cup qualifiers.
The men of the national coach, Jalal Al-Qadri, will face the Equatorial Guinea national team at the Olympic Stadium “Hammadi Al-Aqrabi” in Rades, next June 2, at eight o’clock Tunisia time (10:00 Mecca time), to calculate the first round of the African qualifiers.
In the second round, teammates of captain Youssef Msakni will travel to face Botswana on June 5, at 2:00 pm Tunisia time (4:00 pm Mecca time), and the match will be held on the grounds of the “Francis Town” stadium in the capital, Gaborone.
It is expected that Ben Ounas, the brilliant player in the Turkish league, will miss the Japan International Friendly Tournament from June 7 to 14, in which Tunisia will participate along with the teams of Japan, Ghana and Chile, as part of the program of preparations for these teams to participate in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Diameter.
Tunisia will play the semi-final match against Chile on June 10, while Ghana will face Japan, with the winners qualifying for the final match to be held on June 14, while the losers will play on the same day for third place.
It is worth noting that the Qatar World Cup 2022 draw has placed the Tunisian team in Group D, which includes France and Denmark, and the qualified team from the play-off matches (UAE, Australia or Peru) will join this group.
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