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Tunisia sack their manager after AFCON exit

Mondher Kebaier
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After Tunisia’s Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final exit, the coach’s two-and-a-half-year has come to a swift end.

The Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) has sacked Mondher Kebaier as manager of the national team.

In a statement on social media, the FTF announced Kebaier’s departure and stated his assistant Jalal Al-Qadri will take over from the 51-year-old.

“It was decided to end the contractual relationship with Mondher Kebaier and to appoint Jalal Al-Qadri as his successor,” read a statement on the FTF’s Facebook page.

“We thank Mondher Kebaier for the efforts he made during the period he spent at the helm of the national team, wishing him success in the rest of his coaching career. We also wish Jalal Al-Qadri success i2n his new duties.”

Kebaier took charge of Tunisia in August 2019 on a contract until June 2022. In this period, he collected 21 wins from 38 games in charge (D4 L8) but failed to win silverware. His closest chance came last November in the Arab Cup final, only for Tunisia to lose 2-0 to Algeria.

The Eagles of Carthage later struggled in AFCON, winning just twice in five games (L3). They still qualified for the knockouts as one of the four best third-placed sides from the group stages. A surprise 1-0 win over Nigeria in the last-16 followed, fueling hope of a first title since 2004.

But a 1-0 defeat to 10-man Burkina Faso in the AFCON quarter-finals on Saturday ended Tunisia’s hopes, sealing Kebaier’s fate in the process.

The 2004 AFCON champions return to action on March 23 in a World Cup qualifier against Mali.