Tunisia sets new Afcon qualification record


Tunisia has become the very first African country to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) on 15 consecutive times.

They are deemed as one of the most successful African national teams.

The Tunisian national football team is popularly known as Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage), and they have featured in the Afcon tournament on 18 occasions.

The Carthage Eagles first qualified for Afcon in 1962 after overcoming Morocco and Nigeria and went on to finish third after thrashing Uganda in the third-place match of the tournament.

Tunisia has now set a new record becoming the first African country to qualify for Afcon on 15 consecutive times from the year 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and now 2021.

Mondher Kebaier’s side sealed their qualification to the Afcon 2021 in Cameroon after playing to a 1-all draw with Tanzania in Dar es Salaam. Tunisia currently sit on top of Group J log standings with 10 points, having played four games with two matches still to come.

The North Africans have won the Afcon tournament once in 2004 held in their home soil, and have also been runners-up twice in 1965 as hosts and 1996 held in South Africa.

According to Wikipedia, Tunisia has long-standing football rivalries with North African teams: Egypt, Morocco and Algeria. In fact, the Tunisian team has always met with them, whether through friendly matches or World Cup qualifiers and in the Afcon tournaments.

The Carthage Eagles are determined to prove their worth and end the 2021 Afcon qualifiers as Group J log leaders.

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By Mauwane Raophala

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