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Yousef Msakni to equal Song, Hassan record at AFCON 2023

by Lesley Ngwa
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  • Tunisia’s final 27-man squad for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations has the 33yo in the block
  • Veteran forward Youssef Msakni will lead the team in Côte D’Ivoire
  • It will be his record eighth AFCON tournament

Tunisian winger,.Yousef Msakni will make his eighth Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament appearance during the 34 edition of the 24-nations continental showpiece between January 13 to February 11 next year.

Msakni, 33, was included in the Carthage Eagles squad announced this Friday for the 34th edition of the now 24-nations tournament in Côte D’Ivoire.

The tricky forward who made his tournament debut in 2010 in Angola and helped his country to a fourth place finish in 2019 will level Cameroonian legend Rigobert Song and Egypt’s Ahmed Hassan as the only players to have appeared at eight AFCON tournaments.

After his debut tournament, he featured at the 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017,2019, 2021 and now the 2023 tournaments.

The feat could be matched by Ghana’s skipper Andre Ayew if he makes Chris Hughton’s Black Stars squad for the tournament.

Msakni’s inclusion puts him out of touch with the likes of Siaka Tienne, Seydou Keita, Boubacar Barry, Geremi Njitap, Kolo Toure, Essam El Haddary, Assamoah Gyan amongst others who featured at seven AFCON events.

He could become the record man with nine AFCON tournament appearances to his credit if he sticks around till June 2025 for the 35th edition of the finals in Morocco.

The Al Arabi forward needs three caps to become a rare centurian for his nation and add to the 22 goals scored so far for the North African nation.

Coach Jalel Kadri’s team is in Group E, along with Namibia, South Africa, and Mali.

They will open their competition on January 17 against Namibia before facing South Africa and Mali later in the group stages.

Tunisia’s final AFCON squad:

Goalkeepers: Mouez Hassen (Club Africain, Tunisia), Aymen Dahmen (Al Hazem, Saudi Arabia), Bechir Ben Said (US Monastir, Tunisia).

Defenders: Hamza Jelassi (Etoile du Sahel, Tunisia), Yassine Meriah (Esperance, Tunisia), Alaa Ghram (Sfaxien, Tunisia), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yan Valery (Angers, France), Ali Abdi (Caen, France), Montassar Talbi (Lorient, France), Wajdi Kechrida (Atromitos, Greece), Oussama Haddadi (Greuther Furth, Germany).

Midfielders: Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane (Ferencvaros, Hungary), Anis Ben Slimane (󠁧󠁢Sheffield United, England), Ellyes Skhiri (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), Aissa Laidouni (Union Berlin, Germany), Houssem Tka (Esperance, Tunisia), Hadj Mahmoud (Lugano, Switzerland), Hamza Rafia (Leece, Italy).

Forwards: Youssef Msakni (Al Arabi, Qatar), Haythem Jouini (Stade Tunisien, Tunisia), Taha Yassine Khenissi (Kuwait SC, Kuwait), Sayfallah Ltaief (Winterthur, Switzerland), Bassem Srarfi (Club Africain, Tunisia), Naim Sliti (Al Ahli, Qatar), Mortadha Ben Ouanes (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Elias Achouri (FC Copenhagen, Denmark).

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