Despite going down as early as the 8th minute at the sold out at Brookefields National Stadium due to a comedic mistake by Saber Khlifa, the Carthage Eagles were able to regain their composure in the second half and play something resembling football on a catastrophically waterlogged pitch.
It was a frustrating beginning to the match for our team and fans alike. As the players struggled to cope with the Sierra Leone’s pressure while Tunisian viewers sat around impatiently waiting for a feed of pitiful quality that didn’t arrive until past the midway point of the first half.
Instead of the highly anticipated game, we were treated to endless mumbo jumbo by Mahmoud Ouertani and Skander Kasri.
It’s not everyday that you hear guys talking about the importance of not conceding an early goal without knowing that we’ve already done so…
We survived the first half and came out a different team after Sami Trabelsi gave his men an earful in the dressing room. Knowing his composed style, it probably wasn’t too agressive but incisive and to the point. While we were still subjected to plenty of slips and tumbles, there was clearly a renewed intent to hold onto possession and build attack patiently instead of punting the ball upfield.
On came Darragi for Saihi to further improve our ball conservation. The move worked wonders as the FC Sion playmaker created both our goals with his ability to see the telling pass and execute it. While his performance and that of Gharbi’s were exceptional, that of Jemaa and Balbouli were the complete opposite. The latter nearly cost us the game, once again raising the question of whether or not it’s time to turn to Ben Cherifia or Ben Mustapha permanently. And what can we say about Jemaa that we haven’t already? The man is an enigma.
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Sami Trabelsi has announced his squad for our 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone set to be played in Freetown on September 8 and, at first glance, it’s an odd one. The defensive department has undergone the biggest makeover while our midfield and attack have remained pretty much intact.
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Yesterday Sami Trabelsi announced his roster for the August 15 friendly against Iran that will take place in Budapest. While opinions will undoubtedly vary, I’d go ahead and call it a near perfect list.
Aside for the confusing omissions of Moez Ben Cherifia, Aymen Balbouli, and a deserving Hamza Ben Younes, the squad ... [read more]
Nemesis is probably pushing it considering we’ve only faced Sierra Leone once before in our history (a 2-0 win in Sousse back in 1996) but we are about to get much better acquainted with the Leone Stars in the coming months.
We already knew that they were in our 2014 World ... [read more]
Results-wise, you can’t really ask much more from our team after two matches played in 2014 World Cup qualifying. Alongside Egypt, we’re the only side to have started with six points on the trot and one of only three teams to have achieved away wins on the road to Brazil ... [read more]
Analysis to come! Consider this a placeholder for comments on what was a fantastic turnaround after a depressing first period. First three 2014 World Cup qualifying points in the bag before our trip to Cape Verde this week!
The change in fortunes from our national team from half to half is down to two things: A switch in formation and a ... [read more]
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It might well be the goal of 2013, and in the final days at that. FIFA decided to cash in early on their goal of the year, but perhaps they should reopen voting. This Spanish futsal number from Matamoros is steeped in technique and skill. Plus you get the patented ...
All was fine and well between Branislav Ivanovic and Luis Suarez in the prematch handshake; their first since the Uruguayan began nibbling on Ivanovic during the spring. So that was nice. Bygones, etc. But then during the match, Ivanovic went about doing his job and accidentally kicked Luis in the ...
Every club should do one of the little videos, though for many, it would be significantly more humble and the graphics would be scribbled on scrap paper littered about the club offices. Barcelona's numbers look infinitely more impressive than anyone else's, though the number of beverages sold seems a bit ...
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If you happened upon Andres Iniesta in a store and didn't know who he was, would you think of him to be one of the world's finest athletes, even for a second? Probably not. In fact of all footballers, he seems closest to the picture of an average man. Sony ...
Lists compiling the top players of the world are typically best left ignored. Not necessarily on the whole, if often, but because there's that one guy in that one slot who just..."Oh my god. Don't even get me started." One of the better lists came in the form of last ...
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