Tunisia coach Jalel Kadri has sent an apology to their supporters after they suffered a shock 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations defeat against Namibia on Tuesday.
The Brave Warriors produced one of the all-time AFCON shocks by defeating the 2004 champions in Tuesday’s Group E opener. In a cagey first half of a few chances, both sides lacked sharpness before Brave Warriors’ late thunderbolt stole the points.
The Carthage Eagles dominated possession but struggled to penetrate a resolute Namibian backline marshalled by Ivan Kamberipa and in the 89th minute Deon Hotto latched onto a long ball over the top and outpaced the defence before coolly slotting past Bechir Ben Said.
“We are very disappointed. I apologise to our supporters, opening matches are always difficult, we have seen this since the start of the tournament,” said Kadri after the game.
“We had tactical difficulties in the first half, we failed in the physical impact too. Khenissi’s exit did not help us. In the second half, we had two or three chances, but we didn’t take advantage of them. I think there are no small and big teams during this AFCON.”
Despite this disappointing result, Kadri refused to lose hope on the Carthage Eagles making it to the round of 16 by saying: “There are two games left, we have to react. We put ourselves in an uncomfortable situation. It’s not going to be easy but we will react and bounce back. Argentina lost its first World Cup match against Saudi Arabia but ultimately won the title.”