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Last Updated: Monday, 30 May, 2005, 09:35 GMT 10:35 UK
Esperance appoint Mahjoub
By Amr Shaheen
BBC Sport, North Africa

Tunisia's Esperance
Mrad Mahjoub has been named as the new coach of Esperance

Tunisian giants Esperance have appointed Mrad Mahjoub as their new coach to replace Switzerland's Claude Andrey.

El Araby Zawawi has been acting as caretaker coach since Andrey's departure in March, but failed to win the Tunisian Cup after a surprising 2-0 defeat to Esperance Zarzis.

Mahjoub's first challenge will be to try to lead Esperance in Group B of the African Champions League against local rivals Etoile Sahel, Asec Mimosa of the Ivory Coast and Egypt's Zamalek.

"I know that everyone is hoping that I will be able to change the club's fortunes but this will not be an easy task," the new man in charge said.

Esperance have dominated their domestic scene for the past seven years but struggled this season, only managing to finish fourth, their worst position for over a decade.

Mahjoub guided CS Sfaxien to victory in the Arab Champions' League last season, which earned the club US$2 million.

Last year, he also took Etoile Sahel to the Champions League semi-finals but was sacked after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Senegal's Jeanne d'Arc in the first leg.

Mahjoub was also in charge of the Tunisian national team at the 1994 African Cup of Nations finals but was released after the opening match following a 2-0 loss to Mali.




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