Six Tunisian players have tested positive for COVID-19, adding to the increasing number of infections at the Africa Cup of Nations in a blow to their immediate prospects at the tournament in Cameroon.
The players confirmed to have tested positive are Defender Dylan Bronn, Oussama Haddadi and Mohamed Drager and strikers Issam Jebali, Naim Sliti and Yoann Touzghar which have all gone into isolation.
The new cases cuts down Tunisia selection options ahead of their second game in Group F against Mauritania in Limbe on Sunday.
The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia were beaten 1-0 by Mali on Wednesday in a controversial first group game when the referee blew twice before the full time.
Tunisia protested and were told to play for extra 5 minutes but refused to return to the pitch to play the additional minutes.
Their appeal for replay was rejected by the Confederation of African Football’s disciplinary committee, which has confirmed the result.
Players are subjected to regular novel coronavirus testing at the tournament and there have been continuing positive cases since the teams began arriving in Cameroon.