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OFFICIAL: Ruud Krol returns to CS Sfaxien for second stint as head coach

Former Sfaxien manager Ruud Krol

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Dutch coach has been appointed as head coach of Tunisian side on a one-year deal, the club announced.

This marks Krol’s second stint as Sfaxien manager as he previously coached the team between October 2012 and December 2013. During his one-year spell, he guided the team to the Tunisian league title and the CAF Confederation Cup.

The 69-year-old coach has extensive experience in Tunisian football as he helped Esperance Sportive de Tunis win the league in 2014, and was appointed as interim coach of the Carthage Eagles in 2013 ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He has been without a job since leaving Club Africain in 2016.

Krol, who previously coached Egyptian side Zamalek and the Egyptian national team, also helped South African side Orlando Pirates win the domestic double in the 2010/11 season.

Sfaxien have been looking to hire a new coach since April after the departure of Ghazi Ghrairi, who took over on a temporary basis following the sacking of Lassaad Dridi in February.

They finished fourth in the league standings last season behind Etoile du Sahel, Club Africain and Esperance Sportive de Tunis, which secured them a spot in the 2018/19 CAF Confederation Cup.

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