After leading Tunisia to the title at the 2011 African Championship of Nations, Sami Trabelsi was officially handed the reins of the Tunisian national team for the remainder of 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifying today. The decision was taken by the Federal Bureau of the FTF who met in Tunis to look into a number of urgent issues including the coaching situation of the Carthage Eagles.
“It’s an honor for me, I thank those who are responsible for sports in Tunisia and the Federal Bureau for the confidence they put in me. God willing, I’ll live up to expectations. We began something good after the revolution with the local national team and we won a title at a difficult but important time for our country,” said Trabelsi while speaking to Mosaique FM after his appointment.
“Tunisia is now an example that people are citing the world over. Whether it’s the Arab World, Europe, or everywhere, Tunisia has now become a reference and for us, as sportsmen, this is a new era of achievements too. We had a good start. Hopefully we’ll continue and what’s coming will be better than what's passed.”
This won’t be the first time Trabelsi has coached his senior national side as the former international defender stood in as a caretaker coach for one game right before the World Cup when the north Africans hosted France and tied them 1-1 at Rades Stadium. Trabelsi has yet to lose a match during his time working under the current FTF and Tunisia fans will be hoping his success continues to ensure the Carthage Eagles are present at AFCON 2012.