Nabil Maaloul quits as Tunisia coach to join Qatari champions Al Duhail

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The 55-year-old was on Friday expected to arrive in Austria to join his new Al Duhail players at a pre-season training camp

The Tunisia Football Federation has accepted the resignation of coach Nabil Maaloul who stepped down after agreeing to join Qatari reigning champions club Al Duhail.

Although smart from an unsuccessful World Cup campaign in Russia, where Tunisia managed just one win to exit the tournament early, the federation keen on retaining Maaloul as coach.

But the Qatari club are said to have tabled an irresistible offer which lured him to the Gulf nation.

After he tendered his resignation, Tunisia had to convene an emergency meeting where they granted him his wish to leave his post.

“…the Tunisian Football Federation by mutual consent and after deliberation decides the following: Approval of cancellation of the contract between the Tunisian Football Federation and coach Nabil Maaloul by mutual consent,” said Tunisia in a statement.

This was Maaloul’s second stint as Tunisia head coach which began in April last year, helping them qualify for the World Cup after missing the 2010 and 2014 editions.

In Russia, he also guided the Carthage Eagles to their first World Cup victory in 40 years after they beat Panama 2-1 in their last group game, following earlier defeats to England and Belgium.

He could not help the North Africans break the jinx of failing to progress past the group stages for the first time in their tournament history.

At Al Duhail, Maaloul will be reunited with Tunisia star forward Youssef Msakni who is highly-regarded as the Tunisian Lionel Messi.

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He takes over from Djamel Belmadi who quit and is highly touted to be appointed Algeria coach.

“The club’s management contracted the Tunisian coach Nabil Maaloul to be the new technical manager of the first football team,” Al Duhail said in a statement.

Qatar is not a new territory for Maaloul, having coached El-Jaish in 2014.

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