Tunisia will be looking to emulate the Class of 2004 and lift their second Africa Cup of Nations title at the 2015 edition in Equatorial Guinea. The Eagles of Carthage triumphed on home soil 11 years ago but have not matched those heights of late, even failing to qualify for the knockout stages in South Africa two years ago and missing the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The North Africans have a rich footballing history, becoming the first African side to win a World Cup match back in 1978 when they defeated Mexico 3-1. Georges Leekens will be encouraged at his side’s qualifying campaign where the Tunisians topped Group G. This was no mean feat considering they were up against sides of the calibre of Senegal, Egypt and Botswana.
Leeskens will have a largely domestic-based squad made of players from Club Africain, Sfaxien, Esperance and Etoile du Sahel. For fans following leagues predominantly outside of Africa, keep an eye out for Monaco’s Aymen Abdennour. The defender is likely to be the rock on which Tunisia’s defence is built.
The Eagles of Carthage will fancy their prospects in Group B at this year’s AFCON where they will face 2012 champions Zambia, Cape Verde and the Democratic Republic of Congo.