At least twelve key players in the Tunisia national football team will reportedly miss their African Cup of Nation, AFCON, match against Nigeria.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria and Carthage Eagles of Tunisia will meet in round 16 of the ongoing 2021 AFCON tournament on Sunday.
Tunisia head coach, Mondher Kebaier, according to reports will also be absent to see his squad battle three times AFCON winners at the Roumdje Adjia Stadium, Garoua, Cameroon, tomorrow.
The report which portrays a major setback for the Tunisian side was disclosed on Saturday at a pre-match briefing, Naija News reports.
It was gathered that the Tunisian camp was infiltrated with the dreaded COVID-19 disease.
Speaking at the press, Tunisia’s assistant coach, Jalal Al-Qadri, said at least 12 players in the Tunisian squad had tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the game against Nigeria.
Kebaier was also not present at today’s pre-match press conference, Naija News understands.
The key players that would be absent are Wahbi Khazri, the captain who scored twice in their 4-0 win over Mauritania, Aissa Laidouni, Dylan Bronn, Ghaylène Chaalali, Ellyes Skhiri, Anis Ben Slimane, Mohamed Romdhane, Ali Maâloul, Ben Hmida, Aymen Dahmen Yoann Touzgha and Issam Jebali.