Faces of Soccer: Tunisia – a letter to the nationwide group

Faces of Football: Tunisia - a letter to the national team

Pricey Tunisian nationwide group,

My title is Sarra Farza, I’m a 28 yr outdated Tunisian girl, and I’ve been supporting the nationwide group since I used to be a younger little one. 

My earliest soccer reminiscence is from approach again in 2004, after I first travelled to Rades to observe Tunisia play within the Africa Cup of Nations. The ambiance in that stadium was actually life-changing for me. As a soccer fan, profitable that event stays the best second of my life and a sense that I’d like to expertise once more. 

Competing within the World Cup means a lot to me and the remainder of Tunisia. For me, it’s at all times a pleasure to see you guys play in essentially the most prestigious competitors on the earth and compete towards the most important nations on the earth. For us Tunisians, watching the group is a break from regular life and one thing that unites the entire nation. As , the state of affairs within the nation proper now signifies that we’d like that little little bit of pleasure and unity that solely the nationwide soccer group can present. 

I like that there are such a lot of gifted younger gamers who’re going to expertise a World Cup for the primary time this yr. Gamers like Hannibal, who would be the way forward for the group. Mixing younger gamers with skilled ones is one thing that we’ve so usually performed properly.

My favorite participant at present is Youssef Msakni, as he’s top-of-the-line forwards within the nationwide group’s historical past. I’ll always remember the wonderful purpose he scored within the final minute towards Algeria on the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. He created it from nothing – a second of true genius. The 2022 World Cup shall be an opportunity for him to indicate the remainder of the world what he can do. Go make us proud, captain. 

My hope is that, with the assistance of Msakni, Tunisia will qualify to the second spherical to make historical past. We’ve a particularly troublesome group, but when we take the sport to groups and stay stable defensively we are able to hopefully shock everybody.

Clearly profitable the World Cup could be wonderful for us. Tunisians are dreaming of it, however to us, qualifying for the knockout rounds may also really feel like profitable the entire event. 

I shall be cheering you guys on from cafes with my associates in my hometown. The entire nation shall be at a standstill if you find yourself enjoying so as to cheer you on. The streets shall be empty and the cafes shall be full. 

The Tunisian fan base actually is so particular, and they’ll journey to Qatar so as to assist the group in the identical approach they did final World Cup.

Tunisian gamers, Jalel Kadri and all of the teaching employees: don’t neglect to make us proud and blissful on this troublesome time. 

I want you all the very best in Qatar!

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