Tunisia have edged closer to a spot at the 2022 World Cup with Nottingham Forest defender Mohamed Drager scoring last night.

His country defeated Zambia 3-1 on home soil, with Drager scoring the second of three brilliant goals.

Aissa Laidouni and Ali Maaloul also notched and Tunisia now face a one-off match in March for a place at the finals.

For Drager, this goal will have proved a timely boost as he looks to get his Forest career off the ground.

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The 25-year-old checked in at the City Ground on transfer deadline day back in the summer.

He arrived from Olympiacos but hasn’t been seen yet by the Forest faithful; with Drager having to wait patiently.

His only two outings in the red of Forest have come for the Under-23s. He played in a draw against Burnley and in defeat at Stoke.

 

Djed Spence has proved a quality loan addition for the Reds. As a result, the man with 20 caps hasn’t been able to get a look in.

This latest goal on the international stage might help him kick on and at least win a place on the bench in Steve Cooper’s squad.

Competition: Drager will get his Forest chance

With Middlesbrough now under a new manager it seems likely that Spence may get recalled in January.

With that in mind, Forest will need to make sure they’re well-stocked at the back.

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Having Drager as an option certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing and he should be buoyed by his goal last night.

The Tunisian has experience of playing for Olympiacos and in Germany with Freiburg and Paderborn and he might prove a decent addition.

A real challenge for the defender now is to knuckle down and run Spence close for his place in Cooper’s team.

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