Mondher El-Kabir, the former coach of the Tunisian national team, revealed the details of his dismissal before the draw for the decisive round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
El Kebir left Tunisia after bidding farewell to the 2021 African Championship from the quarter-finals after leading the Carthage Eagles for two and a half years.
Al Kabeer said via Ontime Sports: “It was a difficult decision after years of working with the national team and before the draw for the decisive role in the World Cup qualifiers.”
He added, “After two and a half years of effort with the Tunisian national team, we succeeded in being in the top five rankings on the continent, and this made our task easier against a team that is close to the decisive role.”
He continued, “We played 29 matches throughout our presence and succeeded in qualifying for the Arab Cup final despite the absence of a large number of professional players in Europe, and we played 8 matches out of 10 that the Tunisian team qualified, following their results, to the World Cup.”
“But in the end, this is the nature of our work, and I had to accept the decision, especially since whoever completes the task of a national technical staff is led by Jalal Al-Qadri, who was one of the members of the assistant apparatus, and we wish them success and honor Tunisian football.”
The Tunisian team booked a place in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, after qualifying at the expense of Mali in the decisive round of qualifying.
Al-Ahly × Al-Ittihad of Monastir
Regarding the expected confrontation between Al-Ahly and Al-Ittihad Al-Monastir, he explained, “Monastirian has been providing a great level for 4 years and has made smart and distinguished contracts, and the team is working very professionally.”
He continued, “His defeat against the Rwandan army in the first leg was not worthy, and the team has the ability to qualify and face Al-Ahly in the next round.”
He stressed, “Al-Ahly always aims to win the championship, and in the event of facing Monastir, it will not be an easy match and deserves to be in the group stage or decisive roles, and not in the first rounds due to the strength of the two teams.”
The Rwandan army defeated Al Ittihad Monastir, 1-0, in the first leg of the first preliminary round of the African Champions League.
The qualifiers from the two teams will play Al-Ahly in the round of 32.
The return match will be held on one of the 16th, 17th or 18th of September.
The first leg matches of the round of 32 will be held from 7 to 9 October.
As for the return matches, it will be held from the 14th to 16th of the same month.
Al-Ahly plays the first leg away from its stadium, and the second leg in Egypt.