|Roger Lemerre: Hoping his side can repeat the heroics
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Tunisia have called up uncapped midfielder Farid Ben Khalfallah to their preliminary squad for next month’s African Nations Cup finals in Ghana.
Coach Roger Lemerre announced a 27-man squad, including the French-born Ben Khallafah and eight players from recently crowned African champions Etoile Sahel.
Ben Khalfallah players for French Ligue 2 club Angers.
The other uncapped player in the squad, which will be reduced to 23 ahead of the tournament, is third choice goalkeeper Adel Nefzi.
Tunisia, who won the Nations Cup in 2004, are in Group D with Angola, Senegal and South Africa.
The Nations Cup begins on January 20.
Goalkeepers: Hamdi Kasraoui (Esperance), Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile Sahel), Adel Nefzi (Club Africain)
Defenders: Wissem Abdi (Zamalek), Wissem Bekri (Esperance), Tijani Belaid (Slavia Prague), Sabeur Ben Frej, Radhouane Felhi, Seif Ghezal (all Etoile Sahel), Karim Hagui (Bayer Leverkusen), Radhi Jaidi (Birmingham City), David Jemmali (Girondins Bordeaux), Mehdi Merieh (Etoile Sahel), Chaker Zouaghi (Lokomotiv Moscow)
Midfielders: Farid Ben Khalfallah (Angers), Chaouki Ben Saada (Bastia), Yassine Mikari (Grasshoppers Zurich), Joahar Mnari (Nuremburg), Mohamed Ali Nafkha (Etoile Sahel), Mehdi Nafti (Birmingham City), Mejdi Traoui (Etoile Sahel), Kamel Zaiem (Esperance)
Strikers: Amine Chermiti (Etoile Sahel), Yacine Chikhaoui (FC Zurich), Francileudo dos Santos (Toulouse), Issam Jomaa (Racing Lens), Ali Zitouni (Antalyaspor).