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Jaidi still hungry for success

By Barney Cullum

Radhi Jaidi
Jaidi is happy with life at Birmingham City

Radhi Jaidi is a man with an extra spring in his step after helping Birmingham City win promotion back to the English Premier League.

The Tunisia captain has now set his sights on his country's forthcoming 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

The Carthage Eagles host Sudan in a friendly in Rades on 27 May as they prepare for two World Cup qualifiers.

The North Africans play 2010 Group B rivals Kenya and Nigeria next month.

The 33-year-old defender told BBC Sport that only after the crunch tie with Nigeria has been played on 20 June will his season be over.

"I still have targets that I want to achieve, particularly with the national team," the veteran of two World Cups said.

"I want the national team to get better and this motivates me to keep going and make the most of the opportunities I'm given."

Jaidi has certainly made the most of the captaincy being returned to him by Tunisia's Portuguese manager Humberto Coelho, after being in the international wilderness towards the end of former coach Roger Lemerre's spell in charge.

After skippering Tunisia to a 2-1 win in Kenya in March, the North Africans top Group B and fancy their chances of qualifying for a fourth successive World Cup finals in South Africa.

"Lemerre brought Tunisian players professionalism and did very well but Coelho has got us playing attacking football," said Jaidi, who won the African Cup of Nations on home soil under the Frenchman in 2004.

Jaidi attributes Tunisia's consistent qualifying record down the years to the international experience the country's young players get from playing continental football with their club sides.

Jaidi said he is not going to hang up his boots any time soon, particularly with one more crack at both the Premier League and the World Cup to look forward to next season.

But he flew out of the UK to link up with his international team-mates with some uncertainty hanging over his future at Birmingham City.

He has yet to be told whether his contract will be renewed once it expires at the end of June.

His compatriot Medhi Nafti has already been told his services will no longer be required at the club by manager Alex McLeish.

"I have the option of another year from the end of June so I'm hoping we will be able to work something out."



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Birmingham agree terms with Jaidi
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