Sport 28 North Africa Times Tunisia Sacks Lemerre Sunday 24/2-1/3/2008 By Mona Yahia behind by a coach who doesn’t understand the concept of public relations.” T he Tunisian Football Federation exec- Tunisian daily Echorouk editorialised, utive bureau announced the dismissal “Almost everybody agreed that Lemerre of Roger Lemerre as coach of the and his assistant, Maloul, shackled down Carthage Eagles. “The FTF have decided the players’ legs with their tendency to use not to renew the contract of national coach a heavy defence against all competitors and Roger Lemerre,” federation ofﬁcial Jalel [had] no clear offence concepts. … [W]e Tekeya said at a press conference in Tunis. felt that the team is concerned with half of Lemerre’s status has been in jeopardy since what is required in a soccer match; that is, to the Tunisian national football team fell 2-3 redeem the ball.” to Cameroon in the African Nations Cup Tunisian sportswriter Mou’iz pointed quarterﬁnals earlier this month in Ghana. out, however, that during Lemerre’s tenure, Lemerre, whose contract was set to run Tunisia won the African Nations Cup “for until June 2008, agreed to withdraw as soon the ﬁrst time in history”. as the federation ﬁnds a new coach, FTF of- The 66-year-old Lemerre, who joined ﬁcials said. The executive ofﬁce has already the Tunisian team in 2002, coached Tunisia initiated the process of ﬁnding a replace- to victory in the 2004 African Cup of Na- ment for Lemerre by forming a search com- tions. Before he started his coaching stint mittee. with Tunisia, Lemerre led his native France Assistant coach Nabil Maloul’s contract to the Euro 2000 title. He is still the only also expires in June 2008. The new coach coach to ever win titles with two countries will decide whether the team will keep from different continents. In other Tunisian Maloul or terminate his services. Mean- football news, the Tunisian soccer champi- while, the League’s technical manager has onship will resume its activities on Satur- been tasked with preparing a technical re- day, February 16th. port on the national team’s participation in On March 26, the Tunisian national team Ghana 2008. will meet either Cote d’Ivoire in France or Roger Lemerre Following the team’s CAN quarterﬁnal Macedonia in Tunis or a FIFA friendly. ouster, relations between Lemerre and the Suggesting that the federation is wait- nisia section on the World Cup Blog, said In June, Tunisia will start the ﬁrst round press became increasingly adversarial, and ing on Bertrand Marchand’s Etoile contract choosing a coach who is “not annoyed to be of combined 2010 World Cup and African the Tunisian street was split over whether to expire this summer before offering him talking to inquisitive reporters…would go a Nations Cup qualiﬁers, facing Burkina Faso, the national coach should stay or leave. Lemerre’s job, Rami, the writer for the Tu- long way towards healing the wounds left Burundi and the Seychelles in group 9. Algerian Maghreb Teams Snatch Boxers Victories in Hope for Champions League Olympic Qualiﬁers Success T unisia’s Club Africain beat ASC Saloum 2-1 in a round one African Champions League game played on Sunday (February 17th) in Kaolack, Sen- egal. Borhane Ghanem and Oussama Sel- A fter a poor showing in Athens, Algeria are hoping for a bet- to the world stage like before and I hope we could win one of the lami scored for the Tunisian team in the ter performance from their boxers at the Beijing Olympics three medals on offer in Beijing. “After a period in the doldrums, 66th and 86th minutes, respectively. later this year. things are starting to look up for Algerian boxers. Morocco’s FAR easily defeated Cape At the recent AIBA Tournament in Algiers, eight of their boxers They proved to be the dominant force at the recent African Verde’s SC da Praia 3-0 at the Prince Mou- made it through with four of them taking gold. qualiﬁcation tournament. Coach Hadi Jellab is optimistic about lay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat. The Algerian boxers have won six Olympic medals since the coun- the future of boxing in his country. goals were scored by Abderrazak Lemnasﬁ try’s independence in 1962. Hadi Jellab, Aggeria Coach, said, “Algerian boxing is making a on penalty kick in the 33rd minute, Mehdi And after a disappointing showing at Athens in 2004, hopes are comeback on the Arab and African levels and now we are working El Bassel in the 38th and Mustapha Allaoui high that they can add to that tally in Beijing. so that we have achieve some success internationally. We won top in the 45th. Because El Bassel was sent off Algeria ﬁnished top of the table with four golds in the recent place in the recent Arabic championship in Tunisia, then we were for receiving two yellow cards, FAR ﬁn- African Olympic qualifying tournament. ﬁrst again in the African championship in Madagascar. We were ished the game with ten players. The other And eight boxers in total qualiﬁed for Beijing.One of them is also ﬁrst in the African Games in Algeria and we also managed to Moroccan team, Olympic Khouribga, beat Choayeb Oussassi. His Bronze in the 69 kg category was enough win most qualifying spots for the Olympic Games in Beijing.” out Guinea Bissau’s Sporting Bissau 2-0. to earn him a ticket to Beijing.Choayeb Oussassi, Algerian Boxer, There will be 11 weight divisions at the Beijing Olympics. Op- The round one return matches are sched- said, “Like the previous boxers, they represented Algeria very timism for Algerian Boxers is high. Even winning a bronze medal uled for the weekend of February 29th- well ,I hope we too can excel in our sport and Algeria will return would be a huge enough achievement to make Algeria proud. March 2nd.