Tunis: Former El Jaish coach Nabil Maaloul, who now guides his country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, is hopeful of his team’s qualification for the tournament in Russia.
“This is my fifth coaching stint with the national team which is familiar as a player because I’ve represented my country at every age category. I know the set-up inside out. It gives me a real advantage in the current circumstances,” said Nabil, who spent a season at the Qatar Stars League in 2014.
He began his latest spell with a tricky 2019 Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt.
“The team had been going through a tough time, but thank God we won my first match in charge. The win against Egypt was essential for our Cup of Nations qualifying hopes as well as our morale. We could turn our attention to the two 2018 World Cup campaign matches that await us in September,” he added.
The Tunisians began their march to Russia with two wins, versus Guinea at home and Libya, in a match played in Algeria on security grounds. They currently share the Group A lead with Congo, with whom they will lock horns twice in September.
“We’ll have to prepare well and select the squad based on their form at the time,” said Nabil.