Nottingham Forest defender Mohamed Drager helped Tunisia knock heavily fancied Nigeria out of the African Cup of Nations last night.
Drager has been forced to wait patiently for a chance during the tournament. He missed the opening two games against Mail and Mauritania with an unfortunate bout of Covid.
He returned from the bench for the final group outing last week as Tunisia lost 1-0 to The Gambia.
Yesterday, he was handed a start, however. He played the full 90 minutes as his country secured a superb 1-0 win, with Drager setting up Youssef Msakni to score the winner.
The performance was a timely one by Drager. His solid showing has seen Tunisia set up a quarter-final date with Burkina Faso and last night’s win will have lifted spirits.
It’s been a tough tournament for Tunisia. Covid has ravaged the camp and to beat Nigeria who won all three of their group games is an amazing feat.
Burkina Faso should be a winnable game for Drager and his teammates. If they play to their best, a last-four spot is well within their grasp.
The 25-year-old checked in at Forest from Olympiacos during the summer. Prior to that, he played in Germany with Freiburg and Paderborn.
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A strong AFCON should give Drager plenty of confidence. He should keep his place in the team now and ultimately, playing games will do him the world of good.
The right-back has been behind Djed Spence so far this season. He’s yet to feature for Forest and has made just one appearance on the bench against West Brom in November.
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Drager has been unfortunate. He has been to the Arab Cup with Tunisia and ultimately, Spence has been amazing since he arrived on loan.
The defender is showcasing that he’s a good player on the international stage. He’ll now hope to get a kick at Forest when he returns from the AFCON.