FilGoal | News | Tunisia coach: There are no excuses.. and this is the story of wasted penalty kicks


Tunisia coach Mundhir El-Kabir refused to blame any circumstances for the team’s 1-0 loss to Gambia at the end of Group F competitions of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

In his statements to “BN Sports” after the match, Al-Kabeer said, “We tried to make the difference and take advantage of field control. There were not many dangerous opportunities because the opponent chose to defend with a large defensive block in the back.”

He added, “The penalty kick could have made the match easier to break the opponent and push him forward and find spaces, but we did not succeed in that.”

And about wasting penalty kicks constantly, Al-Kabeer said: “This was the order of those charged with paying. Wahbi Khazri was the shooter in the first match, and Ali Maaloul was the original shooter in the second, but he wanted to give the ball to Youssef Msakni to put him in the air. In the third match, Saif Al-Din Al-Jaziri, Not all of them managed to score.

He continued, “Now we have qualified for the final price. The journey is still long, and we must regain strength and readiness.”

“I said before the match that we will not talk about difficulties or Covid, and the same is true after the match. We will not talk about circumstances, the players who played until recently returned gave everything they had,” the Tunisia coach explained.

“We were generally unsuccessful at the level of the penalty kick, the last ball, and the end of the attacks,” Al-Kabeer continued.

Finally, about facing Nigeria in the round of 16, Al-Kabeer said: “I hope to show them a face worthy of the Tunisian national team in order to defend our chances.”

Tunisia lost its last match against Gambia with a clean goal, after losing the first match against Mali with the same score, while it beat Mauritania 4-0 to collect 3 points from Group F.

3 points were enough to take the Carthage Eagles to the knockout stage in the top 4 among the third-placed teams in the groups, along with Cape Verde, Malawi and Comoros.

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