Despite World Cup exit, Tunisia leave with their heads high

Despite World Cup exit, Tunisia leave with their heads high
Tunisia coach Kadri

"It wasn’t easy to collect these four points, only one of the games we played was not on the expected level and that was when we played versus Australia."

Tunisia exited the World Cup on Wednesday but they have left with their heads held high and had made their supporters happy.

This is what Head Coach Jalel Kadri said after a shock 1-0 win over holders France eventually was not good enough to book a place in the next round.

Tunisia needed the victory, plus a draw in the Australia-Denmark match, in order to secure a two finish but this came to naught following Australia’s 1-0 shocker over fancied Denmark, a result that put the Socceroos into second place behind the already qualified France.

 


This saw the Carthage Eagles finishing third with a four point tally and have still not gone before the first round in six World Cup appearances.

"It wasn’t easy to collect these four points, only one of the games we played was not on the expected level and that was when we played versus Australia."

"We suffered from great pressure today but our fans were happy with us and thank God we were able to bring them happiness. We fought until the last breath," he said of the bruising encounter where skipper Wahbi Khazri got the match winner in the 58th minute.

Kadri, who was appointed after Tunisia’s poor performance at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in January, said his own future would be determined by the Tunisian Football Federation.

"The contract I have with Tunisia is a contract based on achieving objectives. The objective was not fulfilled but nevertheless we still have to analyse and the final decision will be taken by the federation to decide whether I have achieved my targets or not," he added.