Saturday, 8 April 2017

Tunisia sack coach Kasperczak

Tunisia, aiming to qualify for their first World Cup finals since 2006, have sacked their coach Henryk Kasperczak, the country’s football federation announced on Saturday. The 70­-year­-old Pole, who guided Tunisia to the final of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, returned for a second spell in charge in 2015. Tunisia were beaten quarter­finalists at the 2017 edition in Gabon, and friendly defeats since to Cameroon and Morocco spelt the end of the road for the well-travelled manager. “The decision was made yesterday (Friday),” federation spokesman Kais Reuez told AFP. A successor will be named “by the end of the month,” he added. Tunisia face home and away 2018 World Cup qualifiers against the Democratic Republic of Congo in August­-September. Meanwhile, Cameroon international and Henan Jianye attacker Christian Bassogog has explained why he chose to ignore interest from Europe and move to China following his star showing in Gabon to join the improving and affluent Chinese Super League. The Africa Cup of Nations MVP recently joined the ever-growing list of world superstars who are lured by clubs who spend huge amounts of money to bring them to the Asian country. His performances at the Afcon in January saw Jianye break the bank for his signature. In moving to the CSL, he joins the likes of Oscar, Ramires, John Obi Mikel and Carlos Tevez, all of whom have opted for a switch to the Far East in recent times. Africa is also growing their own strong contingent in the league, with the likes of Bassogog, Mikel, Gervinho, Odion Ighalo, Stephane Mbia and Papiss Cisse among some of the players already plying their trade in the country. The 21-year-old winger says he’s had to answer a lot of questions from his Indomitable Lions teammates about his decision to ignore a move to big Europeans leagues and move to China. “A lot of their questions were based on whether I was coerced into going,” he said, as reported by The Guardian. “One of the things I have done is make them understand that I chose to go there [China] because I believed in the challenge. The former AaB and Wilmington Hammerheads attacker has already started two matches for the Red Devils, who remain winless after three matches.


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