Alain Giresse dropped as Tunisia head coach


Alain Giresse

Alain Giresse has been dropped on a mutual consent as head coach by the Tunisian Football Federation after his contract was earlier cancelled .

Giresse, who replaced Faouzi Benzarti at the turn of the year, was contracted with Tunisia until June 2020.

But the federation however, have chosen to end the Frenchman’s deal early even though he guided the Carthage Eagles to a fourth-place finish at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The 67-year-old picked up six wins, three draws and three defeats in his time at the helm. At Afcon, Giresse’s troops ended second in Group E, behind Mali who had seven points, after three draws against Angola, Mali and Mauritania.

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The experienced coach then oversaw wins over Ghana and Madagascar in the Round of 16 and quarter-final respectively, before they fell to a 1-0 extra-time defeat at the hands of Senegal in the semi-final.

Nigeria then beat them to a bronze medal in the third-place playoff, in what has turned out to be Alain Giresse last game for Tunisia.

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Assistant coach Maher Kenzari is predicted to take the reins for the North African nation’s upcoming friendlies lined up for next month’s international break.

Tunisia face Mauritania on home soil on September 6, before meeting Ivory Coast in Rouen on September 10.

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