By Eyong Macdella
Esperance Sportive de Tunisia’s striker, Taha Yassine Khenissi has returned to Tunisia’s National team ahead of their World Cup play-off games after serving his ban for doping violation.
The 30-year-old was issued a on year ban by the Confederation of African Football in June but that was later reduced to six months, after testing positive for steroids in a doping test. Consequently, the Kuwait SC player missed Tunisia’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Cameroon.
Yassine, has made 41 appearances for the Carthage Eagles and has scored eight.
The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia will be hosted by Mali on March 25th, and the return leg comes up four days later in Rades.
Tunisia squad to face Mali:
Goalkeepers: Ayman Dahman (CS Sfaxien), Moez Hassen (Club Africain), Ali Jmal (Etoile du Sahel), Bechir Ben Said (US Monastir).
Defenders: Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Dylan Bronn (Metz, France), Oussama Haddadi (Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkey) Nader Ghandri ( Club Africain), Ali Abdi (Caen, France) Mohamed Drager (Lucerne, Switzerland), Hamza Mathlouthi (Zamalek, Egypt), Bilel Ifa (Club Abha, Saudi Arabia), Montassar Talbi (Rubin Kazan, Russia).
Midfielders: Ghailene Chaalali (Esperance), Ellyes Skhiri (Köln, Germany), Anis Ben Slimane (Brondby, Denmark), Hannibal Mejbri (Manchester United, England) Aissa Laidouni (Ferencvaros, Hungary), Ferjeni Sassi (AL Duhail, Qatar), Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane (Esperance).
Forwards: Taha Yassine Khenissi (Kuwait SC, Kuwait), Issam jbali (Odense, Denmark) ,Mortadha Ben Wannes (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Seifeddine Jaziri (Zamalek, Egypt), Wahbi Khazri (Saint-Etienne, France), Naim Sliti (Ettifaq, Saudi Arabia)), Youssef Msakni (Al Arabi, Qatar), Saad Bguir (Club Abha, Saudi Arabia).
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