What if Tunisia did not contest the next World Cup? This hypothesis seems remote, but is not to be excluded as long as a major conflict agitates the team which will appear in group D during the tournament with the Blues, Denmark and Australia. According to information from Sport News Africa, a vast conflict opposes the Minister of Sports, Kamel Deguiche and the President of the Tunisian Football Federation, Wadie Jary.
A possible dissolution of the Federation
Suspicions of match-fixing are mentioned, in particular about the organization or not of a dam for the maintenance. After the relegations of ES Zarzis and ES Métlaoui, the former accused Olympique Béja and the latter of rigging their matches. Subsequently, the Tunisian Federation sanctioned certain players for “non-compliance with the sports charter“however the decision was attributed as too much”hasty” in the eyes of the Ministry of Sports. During a press conference, the spokesman of the Ministry affirmed that the federal office of the Federation could be solved if serious deficiencies were noted during the investigation opened since.
Towards an exclusion from the World Cup?
If Kamel Deguiche affirmed that there was no “no place to break laws and manipulate results“, FIFA could not hide this possible political interference. Therefore, the body could take the decision to exclude Tunisia from all competitions (therefore the World Cup). Recently, Kenya and Zimbabwe were banned to participate in the CAN 2023 qualifiers for a similar reason.We had to suspend two of our members: Kenya and Zimbabwe, both for government interference in the activities of football associations. Associations are suspended with immediate effect “, said Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA. Almost 5 months before the World Cup (November 21-December 18), will the Carthage Eagles suffer the same fate? Wahbi Khazri’s partners are expected to face Didier Deschamps’ players on November 30 for the last match of the group stage.