6 June

On this day in 1998 Wales played against a team from Africa for the very first time.

Three days after beating Malta 3-0 in Valletta, Wales had travelled to Tunisia’s capital city of Tunis to take on the Aigles de Carthage (Eagles of Carthage).

The north African side were preparing for the 1998 World Cup in France where they would be in the same opening group as England whilst Wales, under Bobby Gould were going through some difficult times.

Having won just two games in the World Cup qualifiers – both wins coming against San Marino – and having been beaten 7-1 by the Nrtherlands, Wales’ worst defeat since 1930, Gould was under pressure.

And it was a relatively inexperienced squad which had come together for the two end of season friendly matches.

Of the 11 players who took to the field in the Stade Olympique d’El Menzah, just four had won more than 10 caps and for three of the side, Ryan Green, Karl Ready and Simon Haworth, this would be their very last appearance in the red shirt of Wales.

Wales lost 4-0 in the humidity and heat of Tunis and five games latr, Bobby Gould had resigned.