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Africa Gold Cup: We are ready – Tunisia’s Chelly Haithem

The Gold Cup resumes this weekend with two and Kampala will play host to one of the fiercest encounters yet, as Uganda Cranes host Tunisia at Kyadondo.

Tunisia jetted into Uganda in the evening hours of Thursday and set residential camp at Sheraton Hotel in the heart of Kampala.

The North African stars took to Kyadondo Rugby Grounds at about 3:30pm for the Captain’s run and familiarize with the turf on which they will be playing Coach John Duncan’s Rugby Cranes. Tunisia have had a season of mixed results so far, losing horribly to Namibia (118-00) before beating Zimbabwe 18-14 in Tunis.

“It is very important to us to win because we are not safe. If we lose against Uganda, and Zimbabwe win against Uganda, we are in deep trouble. We have to win because we don’t want to count on any favors from any other team,” said Captain Chelly in an exclusive interview to Akatimba Sports after the Captain’s run.

Tunisia gets a feel of Kyadondo ahead of Tomorrow’s clash with uganda

“We are ready and have changed our attitude since the Namibia game where we lost with a big score. We came last year with the second team players as was with Namibia game this year. We changed the team since. The team which played against Zimbabwe and is here in Uganda is 70% different from the one that lost to Namibia. It will be much harder for Uganda to beat us this year,” added an assured Chelly Haithem.

Captain Chelly speaks to Akatimba’s Lewis

Uganda play Tunisia this Saturday at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds with kick off set at 1500HRS EAT.


Watch the full interview here –

Tunisia XV vs Uganda:

1. Mohammed Yassine Ben Abdallah 2. Salem Khanfous, 3. Ahmed Nasri, 4. Seifeddine Boussaada, 5. Nizar Nasri, 6. Haider Nasrallah, 7. Hamdi Mechri, 8. Yahya, 9. Mohammed Achref Dhif, 10. Mohamed Ali, 11. Radhouan Hammami, 12. Haithem Chelly (C), 13. Issam Werhani, 14. Credi Jabri, 15. Hosem Khalfi


Reserves : 

16. Amir Ksontini, 17. Sami Minsi, 18. Maher Amamou, 19. Imed Hasnaoui, 20. Najmeddine Hamila, 21. Sahbi Dhif, 22. Dia Ben Dhiab