Selim’s decision or a scapegoat for the “corrupt”?.. A split among fans over the dismissal of El Kabir from Tunisia’s training
Tunisian fans differed over the dismissal of the first team coach, Munther El Kabir, a day after Tunisia was eliminated from the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup, after losing to Burkina Faso 1-0.
Yesterday, Sunday, the Tunisian Football Association announced, in a statement published on its official page on Facebook, the termination of the contractual relationship with Al-Kabeer and the appointment of his assistant Jalal Al-Qadri as his successor.
The Tunisian Federation thanked Al-Kabeer for the effort he made during the period he spent at the helm of the national team, wishing him success in the rest of his coaching career, as well as success for Al-Qadri in his new duties.
The decision sparked widespread controversy among Tunisians on social media, as some considered it a sound step that should have been taken some time ago, while others saw the great as a “scapegoat” for the “corrupt” football system in Tunisia.
One of the tweeters wrote on Twitter, “Mundhir Al-Kabir is the scapegoat. He is the sacrifice that was sacrificed to preserve the system of corruption and tanning in the Tunisian Football League (the Football Association). The cancerous tumor of Tunisian sport must be eradicated.”
Munther Al-Kabir is the scapegoat, the sacrifice that was sacrificed to preserve the system of corruption and tanning in the Tunisian Football University. The cancerous tumor must be removed for Tunisian sport… meek, then meek. The rest are all pawns in the bold patch. #Dismissal_Monther_Al-Kabeer
— 🇹🇳 Farhani Nejib / Najib Al-Farhani 🇹🇳 (@nejibfarhani) January 30, 2022
Another commented on the timing of the dismissal, saying, “The Tunisian Football Association sacked the national voter, Munther Kabir, after leaving the African Cup of Nations, two months away from the playoff match of the World Cup in Qatar against Mali.”
The dismissal of Munther Al-Kabeer was just hasty and not at the right time. This is my personal opinion!
— sidi ellaz 🐱 (@16Tarek) January 30, 2022
On the other hand, tweeters expressed their joy at the dismissal of Al-Kabeer and saw it as a step in the right path, but some criticized the appointment of his assistant as his successor, and one of them tweeted, “The dismissal of Munther Al-Kabeer is a step forward, and the appointment of Jalal Al-Qadri are two steps back.”
The dismissal of Munther Al-Kabeer is a step forward, and Jalal Al-Qadri appoints two steps back
The most important is the solution of the Football League and the dimensions of the bold and meek broker
— WALID GARNEH (@GARNEHWALID) January 30, 2022
Munther Al-Kabeer, where do they ask him to take them, I won 21 match with the national team 😂
Whoever hears says the winners are Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Mali
And Homa 4 victories over Mauritania 4 victories over Libya 4 victories over Equatorial Guinea Haha, Oman, the Emirates, Tanzania, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo!!
— Nessim 🇹🇳 (@Pacifista_1) January 30, 2022
#monzer_great Coming out the small door… late decision but does it work #jalal_qadri Who was the chief’s assistant in the mission? How long does it stay? #Tunisia_team Have a coach problem? In Al-Falaqi, when did he give us a suitable coach?! https://t.co/yNtJriKUHB pic.twitter.com/EMYcSqOaSY
— Marwa Wchir (@Marwa_wchir) January 30, 2022
It is noteworthy that Al-Kabir took over the training of the Tunisian national team in 2019, succeeding Frenchman Alain Giresse, and led the “Carthage Eagles” to reach the decisive role in the African qualifiers for the World Cup, and also reached with his country to the Arab Cup final in Qatar last month before losing after extra time against Algeria.