Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul: Russia 2018 takes priority

Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul: Russia 2018 takes priority
Sliti Naim of Tunisia (number 23) celebrates goal during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Algeria and Tunisia at the Franceville Stadium in Gabon on 19 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday May 02, 2017. 14:00

Tunisia’s new coach, Nabil Maaloul, has explained that he will place a priority on qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, rather than the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Maaloul has been installed as the Carthage Eagles’ new boss following the sacking of Henryk Kasperczak last month.

His first competitive game in charge will be a 2019 AFCON group stage qualifier at home to Egypt in early June.

While Maaloul insists the AFCON is important, he has placed more emphasis on qualifying for the next World Cup.

Tunisia are well placed in their qualifying group for Russia 2018, tied with DR Congo at the top of the table on a maximum six points.

They will face the central Africans in a crunch double header in August and September.

“Our top objective remains to be World Cup qualification but we must not lose sight of the importance of AFCON, and we have a group of players that can qualify to both,” he told a press conference, as quoted by KingFut.

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