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Faouzi Benzarti returns as Club Africain coach

Former Tunisian national team coach Faouzi Benzarti signed a two-year contract today with Club Africain without financial details of the deal being disclosed. The move comes after Kais Yacoubi’s sacking last week due to Club Africain’s elimination from the Caf Champions League at the hands of Sudan’s Al-Hilal. Many curious fans flocked to the team’s training ground in Tunis to catch their first glimpse of a Benzarti-led training session.

This is the manager’s first coaching commitment since he left Esperance following a fall out with team chairman Hamdi Meddeb in the wake of the “Blood and Gold’s” disastrous and controversial continental final loss to TP Mazembe.

“I haven’t been working because I’ve been following our revolution and everything that’s going on in Tunisia. Either way, I haven’t missed much because the league only returned a few weeks ago," said Benzarti while speaking to Mosaique FM.

"I had a lot of offers from overseas but they weren’t that important and I didn’t want to leave. I’m happy to be Club Africain’s new coach because this is one of the first clubs that hired me when I first started."

Assistant coach Lotfi Rouissi has held onto his position while goalkeeper coach Boubaker Zitouni has been demoted and replaced by Mokhtar Naili, whom he will now assist. Meanwhile, there is also talk of former Tunisian international goalkeeper Ali Boumnijel becoming the club’s new sporting director but the news is not yet official.

Disgruntled Club Africain fans will be expecting a great deal from Faouzi Benzarti, beginning with a positive run in the CAF Confederation Cup which now represents their side's only chance for silverware this season.

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