On Thursday, the last round of the group stage will see Tunisia against Gambia, and Mali against Mauritania.
“We will only play for victory, as we did not qualify. The match will certainly be difficult, but we are here to make Tunisia proud of its national team,” El Kebir said in a press conference.
“All the players on the national team’s squad are able to represent Tunisia in the best way and achieve the goals we aspire to,” he added.
The Tunisian national team has only 16 players who can participate in the match, due to the infection of many Carthage Eagles players with the Corona virus.
He explained, “We have 12 cases of coronavirus infection, and we are struggling to limit the spread of the virus within the national team.”
“If we had not called up 4 goalkeepers, we would have found ourselves with only one goalkeeper against Gambia,” he added.
The guards, Ayman Dahman and Ali Al-Jamal, will not participate in the meeting due to infection with the Corona virus, so that the duo, Farouk bin Mustafa and Al-Bashir bin Saeed, will remain.
“Nevertheless, we have enough capabilities to win the Gambia match,” the Tunisia coach stressed.
Tunisia is in third place in Group F with 3 points, while Gambia shares the top spot with Mali with 4 points, and Mauritania is bottom of the group without points.
The champion and runner-up of each group qualifies for the eighth of the African Cup, in addition to the best 4 teams occupying the third place.
Tunisia ranked fourth in the 2019 African Cup and won the title only once in 2004 in its home country.