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The Tunisian FA have apparently overtaken FAM as the frontrunner in acquiring the services of Philippe Troussier as their new national team head coach

The Football Association of Malaysia's (FAM) hopes of securing a deal to appoint Philippe Troussier as the new national team head coach has taken a massive blow with a late onslaught from another party.

Reports now claim that the Tunisian FA are frontrunners to appoint the Frenchman as their new head coach, ahead of the 2015 African Nations Cup qualifiers, which kicks off in September.

The African nation parted ways with Sami Trabelsi and Nabil Maalaoul last year, before former Dutch assistant coach Ruud Krol was given the job on an interim basis. However, Tunisia lost their two-legged World Cup playoff tie against Cameroon under his guidance, after which, Krol was relieved of his duty.

FAM themselves recently confirmed that Troussier and ex-Roma coach Zdenek Zeman were the two candidates that were being considered for the post, but the Frenchman was the obvious favourite.

Since then, the former Japan head coach has met FAM officials on two occassions to negotiate a deal, though they have not arrived at an agreeable conclusion yet. Thus, the Tunisian FA are looking to capitalize and table a lucrative offer that would potentially be more attractive for the Frenchman.

Having said that, FAM are still optimistic about their chances and remain confident of appointing him by the end of this month.