Football Faces: Tunisia – A message to the national team

Dear Tunisian national team,

My name is Sarah Farza, I am a 28-year-old Tunisian, and I have been supporting the national team since I was a little girl.

My earliest football memories go back to 2004, when I first traveled to Rades to watch Tunisia play in the Africa Cup of Nations. The atmosphere in that stadium really changed my life. As a football fan, winning that tournament remains the greatest moment of my life and a feeling I would love to experience again.

Competing in the World Cup means a lot to me and the rest of Tunisia. For me it is always a pleasure to see you playing in the most prestigious tournament in the world and competing against the biggest countries in the world. For us Tunisians, watching the team is a break from normal life and something that unites the entire nation. You know, the situation in the country now means that we need a little bit of the joy and unity that only the national football team can provide.

I love that there are so many talented young players making their World Cup debut this year. Players like Hannibal who will be the future of the team. Mixing young players with experienced players is something we’ve done quite often.

My current favorite player is Youssef Msakni, as he is one of the best strikers in the history of the national team. I will never forget the amazing goal he scored in the last minute against Algeria in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. He created it out of nothing – a true moment of genius. The 2022 World Cup will be his chance to show the rest of the world what he can do. Go make us proud, Captain.

I hope Tunisia, with the help of Msakni, will qualify for the second round and make history. We have a very tough group, but if we take the game to the teams and keep our strength defensively, hopefully we can surprise everyone.

Obviously winning the World Cup would be great for us. Tunisians dream about it, but for us, qualifying for the knockout stages would also feel like winning the entire tournament.

I’ll cheer you guys up from coffee shops with my hometown friends. The whole country will be deadlocked when you play for your encouragement. The streets will be empty and the cafes full.

The Tunisian fan base is really very special, and they will travel to Qatar in order to support the team in the same way they did the last World Cup.

Tunisian players Jalal Kadri and the entire coaching staff: Don’t forget to make us proud and happy in this difficult time.

I wish you all the best in Qatar!

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