This Thursday was also the start of qualifying for CAN 2023. Tunisia, without Wahbi Khazri, began their campaign against Equatorial Guinea, a surprise at the last African Cup and who notably defeated Algeria in the group stages. The Tunisian formation, led by its new coach Jalel Kadri, quietly ensured its victory on this first day.
The teammates of Hannibal Mejbri, holder in the midfield, did the job and largely won 4-0. Former Ligue 1 Naim Sliti had opened the scoring before Jaziri broke and the inevitable Youssef Msakni netted a brace. In the standings, Tunisia is first with a better goal difference than Libya, which also started its qualifications well by winning against Bostwana (1-0).