Former Nigeria and Bafana Bafana of South Africa Coach Philippe Troussier is to return to the helm of a national team after a decade away from top-flight management.
The taciturn Frenchman, in charge of South Africa in their first World Cup finals in 1998, is in talks with Tunisia to take over their national side from Ruud Krol.
The 58-year-old Troussier was last in charge of a national team in late 2005 but stayed with Morocco for just one game, and six weeks overall, and left when the federation refused to employ a retinue of retainers that Troussier sought as support staff.
Since Troussier has worked as consultant in Japan and coach of the Chinese club Shenzhen Ruby, who he left last month.
The ‘white witchdoctor’ has had seven national team jobs, starting with Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Japan, Qatar and Morocco. He was also Kaizer Chiefs’ coach in 1993 and coached top French club Olympique Marseille for a brief spell.
Tunisia are seeking a full time coach to begin preparations for the 2015 African Nations Cup qualifiers, which start in September. The finals are due for Morocco, where Troussier keeps a home.
Krol, the former Orlando Pirates coach, was in charge of Tunisia for two matches as a caretaker when they lost to Cameroon in the 2014 World Cup qualifying play-offs.