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Haythem Jouini heads Tunisia into AFCON 2023

by Lesley Ngwa
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The Cartage of Eagles of Tunisia have qualified for their 11 Africa cup of Nations (AFCON) after defeating Libya one-nil at the Martyrs of February Stadium.

Haythem Jouini 16th minute header was enough for Jalel Kadiri’s men to grab all three points in round four of the AFCON qualifiers.

Despite the ear piercing sounds from the enthusiastic supporters the visitors managed to maintain composure, mounting pressure as early as the eight minute through Ali Ben Romdhane’s wide shot.

Their second attempt at scoring came at the 13th minute through a header easily claimed by Mohammed Allafi, the host won’t be so lucky two minutes later as captain Ali Maâloul corner kicks will find the waiting head of H. Jouini,wasting no time in planting the ball inside the far post.

As a bird stunk out of its nest, the Mediterranean Knights will launch several attacks twarted by Nader Ghandri and teammates. Muaid Ellafi’s strike will go wide at the 23rd minute causing an uproar in the stadium.

The biggest miss for the host will be Hamdou Elhouni scoring chance squandered just before half time. Judging from their previous game where they conceeded two goals in the first half, the Libyan defence saw a great improvement with the attack line lacking precision in their finishing registering five goal scoring attempts, none on target.

The game will go into half time with the host trailing behind by one goal.

The last 45 minutes will just be Tunisia struggling to safeguard their lead against a wasteful Libyan side. At the 53rd minute coach Hamdi Bataw will bring in Omonia player Ismael Tajouri for Muad Abdulbasit Salem Eisa. A change that won’t yield much impact for the Libyans.

However Ben Romdhane will force Mohammed Allafi to make two crucial save inorder to keep his team moving. A double substitute for the Mediterranean knights 20 minutes to stoppage time still won’t yield any increase.

By the 80th minute the disappointed fans will begin throwing bottles to the field of play point laser lights to distract the players.

The game ended on a one-nil, with Aymen Dahmen getting ride of more plastic bottles than Libya shots in the entire game.

With this win, The Cartage Eagles get their much deserved AFCON ticket finishing first in group J with 10 points. Libya occupies the third position with three points .

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