According to Club Africain’s official website, Pierre Lechantre has been sacked following his team’s 2-1 away loss to AS Kasserine in Tunisian league play yesterday. The Frenchman’s replacement is none other than former assistant national team coach Habib Mejri who presided over the Carthage Eagles’ recent unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign.
While news of Lechantre’s firing may not have come to a surprise to many fans who had criticized his roster selection and tactical decisions in his short stint with the Beb Jdid outfit and called for his removal after Club Africain’s elimination from the CAF Champions League this weekend at the hands of Algeria’s JSK, the fact that he is being replaced by Mejri has shocked practically the entire fan base.
Nabil Kouki, Lechantre’s second in command, has also been dismissed and replaced by Lotfi Rouissi after a disappointing week during which the Biancorosso were dumped out of continental consideration and now may well have lost their chance at securing the coveted league title. They are currently four points behind rivals Esperance Sportive de Tunis but that gulf may widen today after the defending champions take on CS Hammam Lif.
Supporters of the club will now be hoping that their side can at least lift the Tunisian Cup and hold onto second place to qualify for next year’s Champions League but few are convinced that Mejri is the right decision considering his checkered history at both domestic and international level.
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