“The misfortune of a people brings good to the people”, this saying played an important role in the career of Tunisia national team coach Jalal Qadiri, who played an important role in the 34th African Cup of Nations effect. Côte d'Ivoire, from next Saturday to February 11, 2024.
The Tunisian national team has won the championship once when it hosted the event in 2004 and is currently preparing for its 21st participation in the competition. Teams in Group 5 also include South Africa, Mali and Namibia.
Serendipity played a major role in Qadiri's promotion to head coach of the Tunisian national team after two stints as an assistant. The first time was during 7 games in 2013 with technical director Nabil Maaloul, and the second time was during a 7-month period from 2021 to 2022 as an assistant with technical director Monser In 17 games played by Munther Al-Kabir.
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Due to coach Montel Kabir being infected with the new coronavirus, Kadri took over as the interim coach of the Nigeria team in the second round of the last African Cup of Nations in Cameroon in 2022. Kadri passed the test and led the Carthage Eagles to the quarterfinals, but was eliminated against Burkina Faso.
The Tunisian Football Association decided to temporarily appoint him as the technical director after leaving the Nations Cup, but he passed the test again and led the team to qualify for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
In the World Cup, the Tunisian team achieved impressive results under the leadership of Kadri. After a goalless draw with Denmark and a one-goal loss to Australia, they accumulated 4 points in the fourth group and achieved a historic victory over the defending champion France. Although the goal was clean, it was not enough to advance to the second round.
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Kadri led the Tunisian team in a total of 22 games and achieved 13 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses. The team scored 31 goals and conceded 15 goals.
Kadiri (52 years old) began his coaching career in 2001 and served as the technical director of the Tunisian youth team from 2007 to 2009. This period was the most prominent period. He spent most of his career as a coach at several small clubs such as Djerba, Cavafir Gafsa, Makarim Mahdia, Kasserin, Mostaq Bargabes, Yenduba, Esperance Zalgis, US Monastir, Etoile Sportive Khelladi, JS Al-Qarawan, Bizertin and Stade Tunisien.
The Tunisian coach has experience abroad with clubs Damac, Al-Ansar, Al-Nahda, Al-Khaleej and Al-Adalah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in addition to his time with the Emirates and Tripoli in Libya.
His career as a coach and player of the Tunisian national team was not bright. On the contrary, he was content to represent his hometown of Tours, Amal Hamman Souse and other unknown clubs.