Crisis in Tunisia team are reportedly an order of the day according to sources. The Tunisia mentor, Bertrand Marchand avoided the axe with some good substitutions in Lome to defeat Togo and a win in Gaborone will go a long way to giving him some much needed job security.
Top scorer Issam Jemaa would not make the trip to Botswana and won’t be back before three months after he tore his thigh muscle. This however presents a chance for the partnership Sami Allagui and Amine Chermiti pairing up front.
Yassine Mikari is still rehabbing and is a doubt for the November 17th trip.
Since Humberto Coelho decided to overlook Radhi Jaidi as captain for Tunisia in the critical match in Mozambique on the last day of 2010 World Cup qualifying, some pundits believe the Carthage Eagles have been soulless and without a true locker room leader who is respected and listened to by all.
Karim Haggui has been entrusted with captain’s armband since Jaidi’s exile but it was evident in Angola during the 2010 AFCON and in recent qualifiers, he’s in over his head and doesn’t have the full support of his team-mates. It doesn’t help that he’s also been accused of often partying harder than he trains.
There are also reports of divisions within the locker room and that the mood in the camp is sour. It’s basically split down the middle of players for and against the Hannover central defender.
Clubbing & girls
Nejib Ghommidh, Haggui, Balbouli, Jemaa and Allagui are reportedly sneaking out of their hotel rooms after 12:00 am to hang out in the parking lot with girls into 2 or even 3 in the morning. Apparently a bunch of other unnamed players who weren’t doing that were smoking chicha on their balconies. To make matters worse coach Bertrand Marchand was pictured in an uncompromising position.