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GABON V TUNISIA

By NBF News

Gabon celebrate Daniel Cousin's goal in Friday's dramatic win over Morocco

Africa Cup of Nations 2012
Venue: Stade de Franceville Group: Group C Date: Tuesday, 31 January Kick-off: 1800 GMT Coverage: Watch live on Eurosport; live text commentary and full report plus reaction on the BBC Sport website and mobiles

TEAM NEWS
Gabon top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should be fit despite a slight injury, while André Biyogho Poko is a doubt with a back problem.

Several players are suffering from tiredness, particularly Levy Madinda who could be one of those rested.

Coach Sami Trabelsi is set to make changes after saying some of his team have struggled with Gabon's humidity.

Caf have ruled that Bilel Ifa is available after erroneously believing he had picked up two yellow cards.

MATCH PREVIEW
The right to play in their capital Libreville will be at stake when co-hosts Gabon meet Tunisia on Tuesday.

Both teams are already through to the last eight, with Gabon just needing a draw to contest their quarter-final in Libreville.

This is particularly important for the Panthers who have been lifted by tremendous support from their fans at the Stade de l'Amitie.

“If we make a draw, it would be good because we would be top of the group and play the quarter-final in Libreville – we want to win, as we must conserve the spirit of victory,” said coach Gernot Rohr.

Meanwhile, Tunisia coach Sami Trabelsi appears more concerned about having a full squad to choose from for their last eight clash than for the Gabon game.

“We have five, six players who have a booking and so we have to make some changes to ensure they are not booked again,” he said.

Among those facing suspension for the 2004 champions are captain Karim Hagui, midfielder Khaled Korbi and goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi.

Hocine Ragued may well come in and has pointed out that Tunisia wish to finish top of the group as no Carthage Eagles side has ever won all their matches in the Nations Cup group stage.


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