Tunisia's Zouaoui back on familiar terrain
When Tunisia discovered they would be staying in Sharjah to contest their three Group D matches at the FIFA U-17 World Cup United Arab Emirates 2013, Youssef Zouaoui could hardly have been more delighted. Now serving as technical director of Tunisia's international teams, the distinguished former coach enjoyed spells in charge of the city's two leading clubs a few years back, towards the end of his management career. Still a coach at heart, the 67-year-old boasts one of the most impressive CVs in Tunisian football and held the reins at the country's biggest teams.
"Despite that, they had been the country's most successful club in the 1980s and totally dominated Emirati football. For me, the favourites in our group are Russia, because of the rhythm of their play and their speed.
Indeed, when the UAE made their sole FIFA World Cup™ finals appearance at Italy 1990, a large percentage of their players hailed from Sharjah, but those days were long gone by the time Zouaoui arrived. "A change in the rules meant that four teams had to go down to the second division at the end of the season," he explained.
I told them they had to aim high, and as a result we finished fifth." That achievement was not enough to keep Zouaoui around for another season, however. "By a twist of fate I ended up going to Al Sha'ab, the neighbouring rivals," he said, recalling reaction to news of his switch with a smile.
After that, he was soon on the move again, heading to Dubai to take the reins of Al-Ahli.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Fifa - AfricaSimilar Stories