African Teams And Their Chances At The 2018 FIFA World Cup - Tunisia


The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia

The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia are in group G alongside England, Panama and Belgium. Ranked 21, the African side is the highest ranked African team in this year's FIFA World Cup. They picked the ticket ahead of D.R. Congo, Libya and Guinea with 14 points from 6 matches, scoring 11 goals, conceding 4 and losing only 2 matches in the process.

This year's event will be their 5th appearance in the world cup where they are yet to qualify from the group stage in all four previous attempts.

In 1978 they made history by becoming the first African side to win a World Cup match, defeating Mexico 3–1. They also held holders West Germany to a goalless draw before bowing out.
They have since qualified for three tournaments in succession, in 1998, 2002, 2006, and the 2018 event scheduled to start on June 14.

Belgium, currently ranked 3rd  and England ranked 12 in the FIFA rankings are considered as favourites to progress from the group but if Tunisia can secure a result against England in their opening group game on June 18, it'll boost their confidence to face Belgium on June 23. The African side will wrap up their group games against Panama on June 28. 

Wahbi Khazri in action

The star player to watch in the team is the Sunderland forward Wahbi Khazri who spent the past season at Rennes on loan, scoring 9 goals in 17 matches. He's a prolific attacking midfielder who'll be tasked with creating most of the chances in the final third. He has so far scored 12 goals in 35 international appearances for the Carthage Eagles.

Can Wahbi and Tunisia cause a big upset in group G?

By Onwordi Ngozi Fortune.

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