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Tunisia coach Jalel Kadri resigns after AFCON exit

Jalel Kadri has left his role as coach of Tunisia after the side’s surprise early exit from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast, having finished bottom of Group E with just two points.

Kadri, who led Tunisia to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar where they defeated France, announced in resignation in a post-match television interview following Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with South Africa that confirmed their elimination from the 2023 AFCON.

“My mission at the head of the Tunisian national team is now over,” he said after Tunisia finished bottom of their pool with two points from three games following a stunning opening loss to Namibia and a draw with Mali.

Kadri is the sixth coaching casualty at a Cup of Nations filled with shocks.

Ghana’s Chris Hughton, Algeria’s Djamel Belmadi, Tanzania’s Adel Amrouche and Jean-Louis Gasset from hosts Ivory Coast have all also been relieved of their duties.

Gambia’s Tom Saintfiet resigned after his side’s group stage exit.

Source: Business Day