French-born midfielder Fahid Ben Khalfallah has been handed a call-up by Tunisia almost a year after he was first approached to play for the North Africans.
He has been named in a squad of 25 for the FIFA World Cup™ qualifier against Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou on Saturday by new Tunisia coach Humberto Coelho.
25-year-old Ben Khalfallah, who joined Caen in July, was born in Peronne to Tunisian parents, and had previously been approached by coach Roger Lemerre to play for Tunisia.
His call-up coincides with that of Anis Boujlebene, the hard-working midfielder from Egyptian giants Al Ahly, who has been called up for the first time in almost two years.
Coelho has also named Germany-based striker Amine Chermiti, but he is likely to miss the match after picking up a knee injury in action for his German club Hertha Berlin. There is also a question mark over the fitness of veteran defender Radhi Jaidi and fullback Seif Ghezal.
Goalkeepers: Jassem Khalloufi (CS Sfaxien), Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile Sahel), Larbi Mejri (CS Hammam Lif)
Defenders: Sabeur Ben Frej (Le Mans, France), Aymen Ben Zekri (Bastia France), Anis Boussaidi (SV Salzburg, Austria), Khalil Chammam (Esperance), Radhouane Felhi (Etoile Sahel), Seif Ghezal (Young Boys Berne, Switzerland), Karim Hagui (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Radhi Jaidi (Birmingham City, England), Yassin Mikari (Grasshoppers Zurich, Switzerland)
Midfielders: Tijani Belaid (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic), Fahid Ben Khalfallah (Caen, France), Chaouki Ben Saada (Bastia, France), Anis Boujelbene (Al Ahli, Egypt), Oussama Darragi (Esperance), Hocine Ragued (Mons-Bergen, Belgium), Joahar Mnari (Nuremburg, Germany), Mejdi Traoui (SV Salzburg, Austria)
Forwards: Amine Chermiti (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Francileudo dos Santos (Sochaux, France), Hichem Essifi (US Monastir), Issam Jomaa (Racing Lens, France), Youssef Mouihbi (Club Africain)
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