Tunisia appoints Nabil Maaloul as new coach

The former Esperance Tunis coach succeeds Sami Trabelsi who headed the Eagles of Carthage’s unsatisfactory campaign at the South Africa 2013

Tunisia Football Federation has named former Esperance Tunis manager Nabil Maaloul as coach of the national team after Sami Trabelsi resigned last week for failing to qualify the outfit to the knockout stages of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The two-year contract begins with the third round of the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying next month, which the body says is Maaloul’s main objective.

The 50-year-old former Tunisia international participated in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and was the assistant of French coach Roger Lemerre when Tunisia clinched the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations at home.

He also led Esperance to win the 2011 Caf Champions League.

Tunisia won their first match of the 2013 Afcon against Algeria but lost their second to Cote D’Ivoire on 3-0 before drawing 1-1 against Togo and consequently crashing out of the tournament.