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Tunisia coach loses his job

By Mourad Teyeb
BBC Sport, Tunis

Sacked Tunisia coach Humberto Coelho
Humberto Coelho walks out for his last match in charge of Tunisia

Tunisia football coach Humberto Coelho has been sacked after failing to take the Carthage Eagles to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Faouzi Benzarti, coach of Tunisian giants Esperance, will take charge of the national team during the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

There has been a huge outcry against Coelho in the Tunisian media and public since the 1-0 loss to Mozambique in Maputo on Saturday.`

That result meant that Nigeria, who beat Kenya 3-2 in Nairobi, qualified for next year's World Cup from Group B.

Coelho blamed the artificial pitch and the heat for his side's defeat.

But that excuse did not wash with the country's sports minister and top officials at the Tunisia Football Federation during a meeting last night.

The decision was made to end the Portuguese coach's 17-month spell in charge.

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see also
Tunisia blame pitch and heat
15 Nov 09 |  African
Nigeria qualify for the World Cup
14 Nov 09 |  African
Tricky task for Coelho
04 Jun 08 |  African
Coelho signs for Tunisia
04 Jun 08 |  African
Esperance name new coach
28 Jun 07 |  African

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