Tunisia will square off with Mali in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Group F opener at the Stade Municipal de Limbe on Wednesday afternoon.
The Eagles of Carthage and the Eagles were drawn in Group F alongside the likes of Gambia and Mauritania, who are scheduled to do battle in the other group game later the same day.
Mondher Kebaier’s side have won three and lost two in their last five games after they were forced to endure a 2-0 defeat to Algeria at the Al Bayt Stadium in the Arab Cup on 18 December after conceding goals from Amir Sayoud and Yacine Brahimi.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Magassouba’s outfit have won four and drawn one in their last five matches following their Fifa World Cup qualification victory over Uganda at the Stade D’Agadir on 14 November, with Kalifa Coulibaly scoring the only goal of the match.
When the two sides last squared off, Tunisia came out victorious after they secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Mali in an international friendly played at the Stade Olympique De Rades as Anis Ben Slimane scored the decisive goal to hand the Eagles of Carthage the win.
Here is how Tunisia and Mali faired in their last five games:
Tunisia 0-2 Algeria – Dec 18, 2021
Tunisia 1-0 Egypt – Dec 15, 2021
Tunisia 2-1 Oman – Dec 10, 2021
Tunisia 1-0 UAE – Dec 06, 2021
Syria 2-0 Tunisia – Dec 03, 2021
Goals Scored (Conceded): 4 (5)
Games Over 2.5 Goals: 1 / 5
Both Teams Scored: 1 / 5
Mali 1-0 Uganda – Nov 14, 2021
Rwanda 0-3 Mali – Nov 11, 2021
Kenya 0-1 Mali – Oct 10, 2021
Mali 5-0 Kenya – Oct 07, 2021
Uganda 0-0 Mali – Sep 06, 2021
Goals Scored (Conceded): 10 (0)
Games Over 2.5 Goals: 2 / 5
Both Teams Scored: 0 / 5