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Adel Amrouche named Tanzania coach

Tanzania have named Belgian tactician Adel Amrouche as their new national team coach.

The 13-time CECAFA champions had been without a substantive head coach since firing Kim Poulsen in August 2022 after the Taifa Stars failed to qualify for the 2023 CHAN in Algeria.

The East African country was linked with Tunisia gaffer Noureddine Al-Nabi, but the deal did not go through.

The 54-year-old gaffer has previously coached Tanzania’s neighbors Burundi and Kenya and in Northern Africa, where he was once in charge of Libya.

“During his tenure at DC Motema Pembe, he succeeded to do well in the Champions League and Confederation Cup. He also helped the club win DR Congo Premier League titles twice including the DR Congo Super Cup,” part of a statement from the Tanzania Football Federation reads.

“He also trained RC Kouba and USM Algier, which he played before, and MC Algiers, all from Algeria.

“Throughout his tenure as Taifa Stars coach, he is going to be paid by the government.”

Under Amrouche’s tutelage, Kenya won the 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge hosted in Nairobi.

Football fans also remember him for masterminding a credible draw away to high-flying Nigeria in Calabar in a 2014 World Cup qualification match.

Amrouche holds a CAF A coaching license and UEFA Pro License he attained in 2013-14, among other qualifications.

His first competitive match will be a trip to play Uganda in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

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