2023 AFCON: Tunisian Coach Resigns After Crashing Out

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Jalal Kadri has left his role as coach of Tunisia after the side’s surprise early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Tunisia finished bottom of their pool in the Ivory Coast on Wednesday (local time), meaning Kadri had not met his pre-tournament goal of a semi-final place.

Kadri, who led the side at the World Cup in Qatar where they beat France, announced in a post-match television interview following the 0-0 draw with South Africa on Wednesday that confirmed their elimination.

Speaking to beIN Sports, Kadri said his contract would automatically expire since Tunisia failed to reach the semi-finals, which was the minimum requirement.

When asked if this means he has officially resigned, Kadri responded: “This is my decision and in my contract.”

The 52-year-old was initially named as Tunisia’s interim boss just days before they met Nigeria in the last 16 of the 2021 Nations Cup after then-coach Mondher Kebaier contracted COVID-19.