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Coelho signs for Tunisia

Former Portugal coach Humberto Coelho
Coelho will begin the post with Tunisia in July
Former Portugal coach Humberto Coelho has signed a two year contract to take over from Roger Lemerre as coach of Tunisia's national football team.

The Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) confirmed on Wednesday that he will take over on 1 July.

Lemerre's contract ends on 30 June which means the Frenchman will be in charge for the next three matches of the qualifying campaign.

Tunisia suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Burkina Faso in their opening qualifier for the 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations.

Coelho, 58, started his playing career with Portuguese club Ramaldese CF and later played for Benfica and French club Paris Saint Germain.

Most of his coaching career has been spent in Portugal where he led club sides Sporting Braga and Salgueiros Porto.

He has also coached Portugal (1997-2000), Morocco (2000-02) and South Korea (2003-04).

He will travel to Tunisia on 19 June to hold preliminary discussions with officials at the FTF.

He will give his first news conference in the new job in 23 June.


see also
Burkina Faso stun Tunisia
01 Jun 08 |  African
Lemerre named as Morocco coach
13 May 08 |  African
Tunisia to let coach Lemerre go
14 Feb 08 |  African
South Korea coach quits
19 Apr 04 |  Internationals
Morocco coach Coelho released
27 May 02 |  Africa
Portugal coach resigns
28 Jun 00 |  Euro2000


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