Tunisia cruised to an 8-1 win over
Djibouti in Radès on Friday evening, in
their Group A opener of the 2017 Africa
Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Second half goals from Saber Khalifa,
Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Maher
Hannachi and Yoann Touzghar added
to the visitors’ misery, following a hattrick
from Yassine Chikhaoui and a
superb finish from Ferjani Sassi before
the break.
Chikhaoui put the Carthage Eagles
ahead in the 9th minute from the
penalty spot, thanks to a foul on Saber
Khalifa inside the box, before doubling
their lead in the 22nd minute and
adding number three for a personal
hat-trick a minute later.
Then, FC Metz midfielder Ferjani
Sassi made sure to send the locals into
the break with a four-goal cushion,
with a successful 37th minute effort.
Mohamed Libane managed to pull a
goal back for Djibouti from the penalty
spot in the 54th minute, but Club
Africain hitman Saber Khalifa restored
the Eagles’ four-goal advantage just
past the hour mark.
Substitutes Fakhreddine Ben Youssef
and Maher Hannachi added two
more for George Leekens men within
ten minutes, while Yoann Touzghar
hammered the final nail into the
minnow’s coffin in the 81st minute,
opening his international tally.
The Carthage Eagles will travel to
Liberia in their next Group A outing
in September, while Djibouti will be
eager to bounce back against Togo in
front of their home crowd


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