2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Tunisia face Leone Stars again
Tunisia meet Sierra Leone for a third time in the space of six months conscious of how close they came to an embarrassing exit at the hands of their west African opponents in the Africa Cup of Nations Cup qualifiers.
Tunisia edged past Sierra Leone on the away goals rule to qualify for the recent tournament in South Africa but after a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Freetown were lucky to get away with a goalless draw at home in October.
Saturday’s game at Rades will again see a limited crowd allowed in to support the home side, as security restrictions on football attendance in the wake of the Arab spring continue.
Tunisia who have a 100 percent start to the 2014 Brazil qualifiers but a new coach in Nabil Maaloul after their disappointing showing in South Africa in January, which led to the resignation of Sami Trabelsi.
Maaloul has brought back former captain Karim Hagui but not made too many other changes to the squad that competed at the Nations Cup finals.
Sierra Leone will see their attack led by Kei Kamara, who recently became the first player from the country to score in the English premier league after joining Norwich from Major League Soccer in the USA.
They have a 20-man squad, with only one home-based player.