AFCON 2015: Tunisia name preliminary squad of 26 players

Tunisia coach Georges Leekens announced a 26-player pre-list ahead of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday.

Hertha Berlin’s midfielder Anis Ben Hatira is making his return to the Carthage Eagles, while Leekens has awarded RC Lens’ striker Yohan Tozghar his first international call-up.

Tunisia will kick off their preparation with a 6-day camp in Monastir (2-8 January), before heading to Hammamet where they will train from January 9 to January 12 with a warm-up friendly against Algeria in Radès on January 11.

The Carthage Eagles will then travel to Libreville, Gabon, with a second friendly on their schedule against Mali on January 13 before their departure for Equatorial Guinea the day after.

The Tunisians will kick off their continental campaign against Cape Verde in Ebebiyin on January 18, before facing Zambia on the same ground on January 22 and RD Congo in Bata four days later.

Georges Leekens will announce his final 23-man squad on January 7.

TUNISIA’S PROVISIONAL 26-MAN SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Moez Ben Cherifia (Espérance de Tunis), Farouk Ben Mustapha (Club Africain), Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile du Sahel)

Defenders: Mohamed Ali Yaâkoubi (Espérance de Tunis), Aymen Abdennour (Monaco), Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Syam Ben Youssef (Astra), Ali Maâloul (Club Sportif Sfaxien), Hamza Mathlouthi (CA Bizertin), Bilel Mohsni (Glasgow Rangers), Slim Ben Jemai (Stade lavallois), Yassine Mikari (Club Africain)

Midfielders: Yassine Chikhaoui (FC Zürich), Stéphane Nater (Club Africain), Mohamed Ali Moncer (Club Sportif Sfaxien), Houcine Ragued (Espérance de Tunis), Ferjani Sassi (Club Sportif Sfaxien), Jamel Saihi (Montpellier), Wahbi Khazri (Bordeaux), Anis Ben Htira (Hertha Berlin)

Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Club Sportif Sfaxien), Saber Khelifa (Club Africain), Hamza Younes (Ludogorets Razgrad), Youssef Msakni (Lekhwiya), Amine Chermiti (FC Zürich) et Yoann Touzghar (RC Lens).