Tunisia switch focus to Algeria clash
Tunisia defender Aymen Abdennour and striker Issam Jemaa are hopeful that their side will fix their costly errors in time for their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations opening match against Algeria.
The two neighbours are set to lock horns at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in what should be a crucial encounter in a tight Group D which also includes Ivory Coast and Togo.
The two players were speaking after Sunday’s 4-2 loss to Ghana which was the last of their series of friendlies, including a 2-1 win over Iraq and consecutive 1-1 draws against Ethiopia and Gabon.
The Carthage Eagles went into the break in the driving seat as Jemaa struck twice in the first half to hand them a 2-0 lead, however, second-half goals from John Boye, Mubarak Wakaso, Asamoah Gyan and Albert Adomah left Sami Trabelsi’s side stunned after the final whistle.
“We played well in the first half, we played at a very high level,” Abdennour told Gnet. “After the break we were less organised and our defensive line was non-existent.
“The result is very bad but we hope to be ready for Algeria.”
Meanwhile, Jemaa also expressed his dissatisfaction after ending up on the losing side despite scoring a brace, while he also believes the team will be stronger after this defeat.
“It was a disappointing loss but we have to take a lot of lessons from this game,” he said.
“We started the game well but after conceding the goal and the penalty we started to be nervous.
“The most important thing now is to be ready to face Algeria.”
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