Egyptian Premier League trio lead Tunisia squad for Brazil friendly

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Tunisia will face Brazil in Paris, five days after playing Comoros in another friendly.

Experienced left-back Maaloul, who plays for Cairo giants Ahly, has played 81 international games with Tunisia so far while Zamalek duo Mathlouthi, a right-back, and Jaziri have earned 28 and 36 caps respectively.

The call-up of the Zamalek pair poses a problem for Zamalek as they are scheduled to face Chad’s Elect-Sport in the African Champions League preliminary round on 25 September, two days before the Brazil friendly.

Tunisia’s 29-man roster also included French-born player Chaim El Djebali, who plays for the U-19 team of French side Olympique Lyonnais.

The 18-year-old represented France’s U-16 side but he is yet to make his senior team debut.

Tunisia were drawn in Group D of the World Cup along with Denmark, France and Australia.

Tunisia’s squad:

Goalkeepers: Bechir Ben Said (US Monastir), Aymen Dahmen (CS Sfaxien), Mohamed Sedki Debchi (Esperance)

Defenders: Ali Abdi (Caen), Dylan Bronn (Salernitana), Mohamed Drager (Luzern), Nader Ghandri (Club Africain), Bilel Ifa (Kuwait SC), Rami Kaib (Heerenveen), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly), Hamza Mathlouthi (Zamalek), Omar Rekik (Sparta Rotterdam), Montassar Talbi (Lorient)

Midfielders: Mortadha Ben Ouannes (Kasimpasa), Anis Ben Slimane (Brondby), Ghailene Chaalali (Esperance), Chaim El Djebali (Olympique Lyonnais), Saif-Eddine Khaoui (Clermont), Aissa Laidouni (Ferencvaros), Sayfallah Ltaief (FC Basel), Hannibal Mejbri (Birmingham City), Ferjani Sassi (Al Duhail), Elyas Skhiri (FC Cologne)

Strikers: Seifeddine Jaziri (Zamalek), Issam Jebali (Odense), Wahbi Khazri (Montpellier), Taha Yassine Khenissi (Kuwait SC), Youssef Msakni (Al Arabi), Naim Sliti (Al Ittifaq).

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