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Laïdouni Thrilled With Rising Standards Of AFCON

Tunisia midfielder Aïssa Laïdouni says he’s excited to see the strides in quality at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

A staggering 38 goals have been scored in 15 games so far while there’s been no straightforward wins, and the tactical improvements from the so-called smaller nations have been evident.

The North African giants, ranked third in Africa and 2004 AFCON champions fell to Namibia 1-0 in the opening game but it wasn’t the only surprise the Union Berlin talent has been left impressed about.

“I think at this AFCON all things were prepared well to have everyone in good condition, I’m happy to see Africa growing as a continent, it’s a pleasure to see this football,” he said ahead of the match against Mali on Saturday.

“I hope it continues to grow for the coming years and in the future competitions of AFCON.”

His coach Jalel Kadri, who remains the caretaker since the 2022 FIFA World Cup leads a team in disarray, with the Federation President currently in prison over allegations of fraud.

It’s been a tumultuous few months leading to the AFCON but he’s looking forward to come up against Mali knowing they will be underdogs with the massive support from Mali arriving in Korhogo for the game.

“Yes each match is a new challenge, Namibia deserved the victory, it’s up to us now to respond in the next games,” he stated.

“We need to prepare better and put up a better response in the next games.”

The two sides meet at Le Stade Amadou Gon Coulibaly tomorrow at 22h00.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.