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Tunisia finally has a new coach: it is the Belgian Georges Leekens.
The latter knows well African soccer: he was the former coach of Algerian national team.
He will take up his functions on the 1st April – it is not a joke… –
An official communiqué indicated: « An official agreement was concluded with Georges Leekens to become the new coach (of Tunisia) from the 1st April 2014 to the 31st March 2016.
He has a delicate mission: the selection just experienced a very difficult time, insignificant during the last African Cup of Nations, the team did not succeed to be qualified for the next world cup in Brazil.
The objective so is to work wonders in Morocco during the next African Cup of Nations.
« It is always an honor to manage a national team and it certainly took me enough time to restart. I had many offers abroad and in Belgium. But, in the end, several things pleased me: the contact with Tunisian Federation, the proposed challenge. There is a challenge. I have already enough experiences with national teams; with Belgium twice and Algeria. Coaching a national team is what suits me better. I think I have skills to set up a project in Tunisia. »
Les Aigles de Carthage were without official coach since the resignation of Nabil Maâloul and the interim assured by Ruud Krol in November, then Nizar Khanfir for the friendly match against Colombia.
As irony of fate, the timetable indicated that for his first match at the head of Les Aigles de Carthage, Leekens is going to meet Belgium where he was already a coach. It would be on the next 7th June, a few days ahead for the beginning of the World cup.
International, he was nicknamed « Mac The Knife » in reference to his virile game and to a propensity to make tackles. He played 351 official matches and scored 6 goals with FC Bruges in nine seasons from 1972 to 1981, with as a record, five titles of champion and a Cup of Belgium.
In May 2010, he was chosen to become the new coach of the diables rouges.
On Sunday 13th May 2012, to the general surprise, Georges Leekens, informed that he signed a contract for 3 years with Club Bruges, abandoning therefore the selection of Les diables rouges. On 4th November 2012, six months after his commitment, he was dismissed from his post at FC Bruges.
On 27th March 2014, he signed a contract for 2 years with Tunisian soccer Federation in order to coach Les Aigles de Carthage for 25.000 euros as monthly salary.
Records as a player
5 times champion of Belgium with FC Bruges: 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1980
Winner of the cup of Belgium with FC Bruges: 1977
Finalist of Champions’ League with FC Bruges: 1978
Records as a coach
Winner of the cup of Belgium with Le Cercle Bruges KSV: 1985
Champion of Belgium with FC Bruges: 1990
Winner of the cup of Belgium with FC Bruges: 1991
Coach of the year in 1990 with FC Bruges
Winner of the final tour League2 1995-1996 with Royal Excelsior Mouscron
Winner of Kirin Cup 1999 with Les Diables Rouges.
Original text by: Nicolas Coutainhttp://www.dailymotion.com/video/x13p2ex