Tunisia got off to a disappointing start to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tournament as a late goal from Cape Verde ended their opening match in a 1-1 draw.
Reports began to swirl of discontent within the Tunisian squad & at the heart of the reports was Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni, who was surprisingly left out of the starting eleven for the match.
Frustrated by his exclusion from the match, Mohsni actually left the bench & returned to the dressing room before the match was over. This fueled speculation that Mohsni was ready to leave the squad & head back to Scotland.
Mohsni supposedly called his mother after the match & told her that he wanted to go home.
However, Mohsni has pledged his commitment to the Tunisian team. “The atmosphere within the team is very good.”
Regarding his decision to leave the bench prior to the end of the game he said,”It was not addressed to anyone but it was a spontaneous decision.”
“It is important not to interpret the gesture negatively.”
Yesterday, the Tunisian national team returned to practice & were split into two different groups. One group went through a normal training session, the other “were subjected to a slagging session.“
No word on which group Mohsni participated in. Tunisia’s next match is with Zambia on Thursday.