Ellyes Skhiri (FC Köln- Germany) Essential to Tunisia for his ability to contribute as a two-way midfielder, Skhiri’s availability has been limited lately for Tunisia and the team has suffered for his absence by barely making it past Mali in the Qatar 2022 playoff. The 27-year-old will be absent for Tunisia’s opening two qualifiers and it remains to be seen how they will perform against Equatorial Guinea and Botswana without him.
Mohamed Dräger (FC Luzern- Switzerland) Tunisia gains strength from their fullbacks and Dräger holds down the right flank with his excellent stamina and ability to get forward. Lining up opposite veteran Ali Maâloul on the left flank, both will be key to making the Tunisian attack more fearful.
Naïm Sliti (Al-Ettifaq- Saudi Arabia) The tricky winger/forward is usually a reliable threat for the Carthage Eagles with his dribbling and ability to score goals but his form has fallen for club and country a bit in the past year. The 29-year-old failed to score for Tunisia at the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup, the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations as well as 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying. However, five goals in his last four matches for Saudi club Al-Ettifaq suggests that he may be reinvigorated for Tunisia’s fixtures during the remainder of 2022.