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World Cup: Tunisia tap energy from Arab fan frenzy

We know the value of our Tunisian supporters in Doha, and the Tunisian diaspora, says coach Jalel Kadri
Jalel Kadri.
Jalel Kadri.
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AP/PTI   |   Doha   |   Published 26.11.22, 04:48 AM

Expect “TUN-is, TUNis, TUN-is” chants to reverberate around the Al Janoub stadium as Tunisia enjoy overwhelming home-like support when they take on Australia in each team’s second match at the World Cup on Saturday.

One of the four Arab teams at the first World Cup in the Middle East, Tunisia had arguably the loudest set of fans in the first round of games when it held European Championship semi-finalist Denmark to a 0-0 draw.

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And the support isn’t just from Tunisians. Fans waving Palestinian flags have been following Tunisia, and there are also supporters of the squad from Egypt and Algeria.

Tunisia’s team bus was mobbed by red-clad fans upon arrival in Qatar last week.

“We know the value of our Tunisian supporters in Doha, and the Tunisian diaspora,” coach Jalel Kadri said.

“This gives us a strong morale boost.”

Both teams will have higher expectations after Australia were beaten 4-1 by defending champions France in their Group D opener.

“Conceding three goals from wide areas is obviously a very clear lesson for us to learn,” Australia midfielder Jackson Irvine said.

“We obviously have to deal with the crosses better.”



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