Haggui, Trabelsi discuss Tunisia mission

Tunisia's new generation of players have come to this CAF Africa Cup of Nations to write their own history, according to captain Karim Haggui. The defender was part of the 2004 team that lifted the title on home soil.

The latest version of the Carthage Eagles, with its mix of veterans and new recruits, began its quest for a second crown by winning their Group C opener against Morocco yesterday. That 2-1 victory put them second on goal difference behind pool leaders Gabon, who opened with a 2-0 defeat of Niger.

Haggui said: "We deserved to win as we played a really good game. Tunisia's new generation wants to write its own history and looking at the potential of these young players that we've got, I really hope we can write it at this Nations Cup."

Tunisia downed Morocco with goals in either half from Khaled Korbi and substitute Youssef Msakni, with Houssine Kharja getting a late consolation for Morocco.

Tunisia's new generation wants to write its own history and looking at the potential of these young players that we've got, I really hope we can write it at this Nations Cup.
Karim Haggui

Tunisia coach Sami Trabelsi described his team's performance as "heroic". He added: "It's a precious win, which is going to help us in our journey during this cup."

"We were up against a technically very good side, but my men were excellent on the level of tactics and the aggression they showed. Without our spirit and aggression we wouldn't have won.

"But the competition is long, it's just one win and we have more matches to come. I hope we can qualify."

Tunisia are next up against minnows Niger, brushed aside by the co-hosts in chilling fashion in yesterday's first game at Libreville's L'Amitie stadium. Looking ahead to Friday's clash with the Cup of Nations debutants, Trabelsi added: "Our preparation for Niger starts now, this game is more important than Morocco."