Giresse leaves Tunisia post as another Nations Cup coach departs

Giresse leaves Tunisia post as another Nations Cup coach departs
Alain Giresse during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Tunisia training session at the El Shams Sports Complex, Cairo, Egypt on 13 July 2019 ©Alain Suffo/BackpagePix

by Nick Said

Thursday Aug 22, 2019. 13:30

Frenchman Alain Giresse has walked away from the head coach position with Tunisia despite leading the side to the semifinals of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Giresse was only in charge of the side for nine months, but departs after what was termed a “mutual decision” in a brief statement by the Tunisian Football Federation.

The 67-year-old led the side in 12 games suffering three defeats to Algeria, Senegal and Nigeria. But the side also failed to convince in Egypt, drawing their first four games before claiming a 3-0 win over Madagascar.

They were then defeated 1-0 in the semifinals by Senegal and lost the bronze-medal match against Nigeria by the same scoreline.

It was the fifth time the former French international had coached a country at the Cup of Nations after Gabon (2010), Mali (2012), Senegal (2015) and Mali two years ago.

Giresse’s departure means 13 of the 24 coaches from last month’s tournament have vacated their jobs after Srdjan Vasiljevic (Angola), Clarence Seedorf (Cameroon), Florent Ibenge (DR Congo), Javier Aguirre (Egypt), Paul Put (Guinea), Sebastien Migne (Kenya), Herve Renard (Morocco), Ricardo Mannetti (Namibia), Stuart Baxter (South Africa), Emanuel Amunike (Tanzania), Sebastien Desabre (Uganda) and Sunday Chidzambwa of Zimbabwe.

Tunisia start their Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign against Libya in November, and take on the same opposition in the African Nations Championship qualifiers next month.

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