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Tuesday, 24 Jan 2017 12:04 EATtmatalanga@kenyafreepress.com
Tunisia secured their place in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals as Group B runners-up with an easy win over bottom placed Zimbabwe. Naim Sliti's 9th minute deflected shot put Tunisia ahead before Youssef Msakni and Taha Khenissi extended the lead in the 22nd and 36th minute respectively. Knowledge Musona pulled one back in the 42nd minute but a Wahbi Khazri 45th minute penalty restored Tunisia's three-goal cushion heading into the break. Tendai Ndoro prodded in a Zimbabwe counter, before Khenissi hit the post in a wasteful second half. Khama Billiat scored the Warriors' second in the 58th minute.
Tunisia only needed a draw to progress after their 2-1 win over neighbors Algeria on Thursday and were rarely stretched as Zimbabwe failed to conjure anything like the quality of their opening performance, a surprise 2-2 draw against the Algerians, much-fancied before the tournament started.
The 2004 champions go on to play Burkina Faso in Gabon's capital Libreville on Saturday.
Matalanga is a student of journalism at the East Africa School of Media Studies and an intern writer at the Kenya Free Press.