Tunisia’s World Cup campaign took a step forward last night with a 2-0 over Guinea at Monastir.
Second half goals by Ahmed Akaichi and Aymen Abdennour secured victory for the The Carthage Eagles, who now sit in second place in Group A, behind the Democratic Republic of Congo who beat Libya 4-0 on Saturday.
Coach Henryk Kasperczak’s men started strongly, threatening Guinea in the opening minutes, before being thwarted by their own lack of scoring precision. Guinea responded as best they could, but proved little match for the Eagles, whose dominance was not reflected within the relatively modest final score.
Elsewhere, Egypt defeated Congo 2-1 in Brazzaville in Group E, while Algeria were held to a 1-1 draw against Cameroon in Group B.
Tunisia is the highest ranked team in their group and are widely regarded as favorites to qualify for the World Cup finals in Russia in 2018. Tunisia has taken part in four of the past twenty World Cups; Germany in 2006, South Korea and Japan in 2002, France in 1998 and Argentina in 1978 where the country gained its highest placing so far, finishing ninth out of a field of 16.
In 2004, Tunisia won the African Cup of Nations, a tournament it also hosted with matches taking place in Bizerte, Sfax, Monastir, Sousse and Menzah and Rades within the capital.
Tunisian will now go on to face Libya in the Third Round of the Qualifiers at the Petro Sport Stadium in Cairo on November 11th.