He has gained valuable international experience with the Tunisian side that stumbled through the last African Nations Cup finals, to eventually finish fourth in the bi-annual event.
These early trials have laid a solid foundation - the evidence for which can been seen in the predatory skills that Zitouni showed in the World Cup
Alongside his frontline partner, Ziad Jaziri, Zitouni helped steer Tunisia away from the persistent pressure of the Ivorian challenge and into the finals in Japan and South Korea.
His goals came in key matches away from home against Congo in Pointe Noire
and in Antananarivo against Madagascar.
He also started the rout and completed the demolition with the opening and closing goals in the 6-0 home win over the Simbas of the Democratic Republic of Congo last year.
Zitouni was also nominated last year as one of the three candidates for the
CAF Young Player of 2000 award, losing out to Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon.
The success of getting to the World Cup has more than made up for the bitter disappointments early in his career and
there is no doubt Zitouni has the potential to improve on his growing reputation in the finals.