Ruud Krol goes back to work after hiatus from the game

First game in more than a season for the Dutch World Cup legend as he takes over in Tunisia

Former Orlando Pirates coach Ruud Krol, who took the Buccaneers to the Premier Soccer League title in 2011 and has not worked since, returns to the bench at the weekend in Tunisia.

The former Dutch World Cup captain takes charge of CS Sfaxien, former African Confederation Cup winner, at the start of a one-season contract.

They begin the new Tunisia season away on Saturday at US Monastir as they go in search of their first title in 2005 and eighth since their first in 1969.

Sfax have been preparing for the new campaign, after a break of just a handful of weeks, at Sousse, some 100km to the north of Sfax on the Tunisian coast.

Krol spent three years at Pirates – the longest successive spell of any coach at the cub in their professional history – but did not have his contact renewed in mid-2011 despite delivering both the league and cup double in a dramatic season-ending finale.

Since he has stayed on in South Africa and been linked with a possible job at Platinum Stars but last month signed on at Sfax after almost two months of negotiations.

Krol has past experience of working in north Africa, as both coach of Egypt and the Cairo giants Zamalek.