Tunisia kicked off their Korea 2007 campaign in style last Monday with a thrilling 4-2 win over Belgium - a marked improvement on their only previous appearance at the tournament at Japan 1993, where they opened with consecutive defeats to Poland and Chile and were on the first flight home.
However, Carthage Eagles coach Kanzari is not getting carried away, well aware that his side's second match against the USA could be a much stiffer test. This former star of Esperance de Tunis, who turns 34 this year, told FIFA.com that his side "could not take a place in the next round for granted".
"We'll need maximum concentration against America. It is never easy to face a team that has lost their first game, and to be honest, I'd have preferred if they'd won their opener."
That said, Tunisia have the upper hand going into the tie, knowing that a point should be enough for them to achieve their initial target of a place in the knockout stages, and should therefore be under less pressure than their still-pointless opponents.
Also, as Kanzari noted upon arriving in Changwon, the heat in Korea is not unlike that of Tunisia, meaning his players have had less difficulty adapting.
Despite having to play almost half their opening game with only 10 men after the dismissal of Oussamma Boughanmi, the North Africans were not adversely affected by the hot weather. On the contrary, Tunisia displayed composure and experience especially in scoring their fourth goal on the counter-attack. With their second game also scheduled for 5pm, they should have less trouble dealing with the late afternoon heat than opponents the USA, who played their last match later in the evening.
"I want to take things one step at a time and just pick up as many points as possible," says the coach, who could hardly have hoped for a better start at the championship.
A victory for the whole team
According to Kanzari, "The strength of the Tunisian team lies not in one or two star players but in our team work." This was illustrated by their third goal against Belgium, scored just before half-time - a move that began with a neat one-two between Khaled Ayari and Nour Hadhria on the edge of the box, and ended with Youssef Msakni slotting home from the ensuing inch-perfect through ball.
Apart from the obvious threat his side carries in midfield, Kanzari has a wide range of attacking options to choose from. "Our team has a lot of skilful individuals and we can score goals from anywhere, as the players have all trained hard and are prepared to work for each other."
His analysis is borne out by the Belgium game, when his players showed they could score from almost every route: crosses from out wide, corner kicks, balls down the middle and counter-attacks.
While this might one of the reasons for Kanzari's quiet confidence, the coach is not allowing any complacency to creep in. "Just because we won last Monday doesn't mean we're through. We'll do our best regardless of who our opponents are and keep going forward until the end of our last group game against Tajikistan."