Tunisia call up Rjaibi and Akaichi for Nations Cup duty

Yoann Touzghar

Tunisia coach Georges Leekens has called up Edem Rjaibi and Ahmed Akaichi to his Africa Cup of Nations squad.

The duo will replace injured strikers Fakhreddine Ben Youssef and Saber Khalifa.

Akaichi, 25, plays for Esperance and was in the squad for the 2010 Nations Cup while the 20-year-old Rjaibi is from CA Bizertin and has a single cap for his country.

Even though the deadline has passed for the submission of the 23-man squads, countries can change injured players before they play their first match.

Tunisia's Group B fixtures
18 Jan: v Cape Verde in Ebebiyin
22 Jan: v Zambia in Ebebiyin
26 Jan: v DR Congo in Bata

Among those heading to Equatorial Guinea is Glasgow Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni.

France-born Mohsni, 27, who made his international debut for Tunisia in a friendly against South Korea in June, is now in line for a Nations Cup debut.

The 2004 African champions are in Group B with Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Cape Verde for the 17 January to 8 February finals.

Tunisia's squad:

Goalkeepers: Moez Ben Cherifia (Espérance), Farouk Ben Mustapha (Club Africain), Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile du Sahel)

Defenders: Mohamed Ali Yaâkoubi (Espérance), Aymen Abdennour (Monaco, France), Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Syam Ben Youssef (Astra, Romania), Ali Maâloul (CS Sfaxien), Hamza Mathlouthi (CA Bizertin), Bilel Mohsni (Rangers, Scotland), Slim Ben Jemai (Stade lavallois, France)

Midfielders: Yassine Chikhaoui (FC Zürich, Switzerland), Stéphane Nater (Club Africain), Mohamed Ali Moncer (CS Sfaxien), Houcine Ragued (Espérance), Ferjani Sassi (CS Sfaxien), Jamel Saihi (Montpellier, France), Wahbi Khazri (Bordeaux, France)

Forwards: Edem Rjaibi (CA Bizertin), Ahmed Akaichi (Esperance), Hamza Younes (Ludogorets Razgrad, Bulgaria), Youssef Msakni (Lekhwiya, Qatar), Amine Chermiti (FC Zürich, Switzerland)

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