Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Afcon

Tunisia must win first match - Jemaa



Tunisian striker Issam Jemaa believes starting well in the Africa Nations Cup is always crucial and says a win over Algeria will give his team more confidence.

Jemâa will be participating in his fifth Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa, following those of 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

The Eagles of Carthage will measure their strength with Ivory Coast, Algeria and Togo in Group D, and embark on their campaign on 22 January against les Fennecs of Algeria, their great North African rivals.

And for the Koweït SC player, this first match will be crucial to their success in the rest of the tournament.

“To start off well in the competition, we have to win this first match. A win against Algeria will give us confidence and will be good for our morale. Our group is very tight and all the teams could qualify,” confided the former Espérance de Tunis player to Fifa.com.

The 28-year old striker, who was a quarterfinalist in the continent’s showpiece tournament in 2006, 2008 and 2012, really hopes to succeed in South Africa.

“I hope we will be psychologically and physically present, in order to go as far as possible,” he assured.

Jemâa was the top striker in the Afcon 2012 qualifiers with six goals, and is also the most efficient goal scorer in the history of Tunisian football with 36 goals to his 77 caps. He made his international debut in June 2005 against Botswana.

The Eagles of Carthage won the competition in 2004 and were runners-up twice, in 1965 and 1996.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Calvin Emeka Onwuka
No tears for Van Gaal
Regular readers here will not be surprised that I thought Van Gaal had to go despite winning the...

Segun Odegbami
The game of coaches
I cannot wait for the 2016/2017 EPL season to start. Indeed, the season has already taken off with...

Dr Errol Sweeney
The Ref and Sir Alex
They say a picture paints a thousand words, and there’s another one that says there’s no smoke...

Sunday Oliseh
Is Pep's failure tag justified?
How on earth can a coach who won so much for his club be called a failure by some extreme...