Faouzi Benzarti slams Tunisia and 'haters' in startling rant after being sacked on third occasion
Posted: 23 October 2018 Time: 14:00
Faouzi Benzarti has slammed Tunisia after being sacked for the third time by the national team.
The 68-year-old returned to coach his national team, replacing Nabil Maaloul who left the post after Carthage Eagles' early exit from the Russia World Cup.
Benzarti guided Tunisia to a 2-1 victory over Niger in Niamey last Tuesday to seal the country's place at next year's Nations Cup in Cameroon with two qualifiers still to play.
In a statement, Tunisia's Football Federation said: "The board decided on Saturday to end the relationship between the Federation and the head coach of the national senior team, Faouzi Benzarti."
No decision was given for the shock dismissal of Benzarti, who was only appointed in July 2018 - returning to a post he had filled on three previous occasions.
"I was informed of the news via a phone call," Benzarti told a local news station in Tunisia.
"This is un-dignifying to me and to Tunisian coaches. They would not have done this had it been a foreign coach.
"I gave everything up and came here, answering a call of duty when my country needed me. My results speak for themselves - two wins away and one victory at home. This was uncalled for," Benzarti said, as quoted by BBC Football.
"My results and my titles speak for themselves. It's the third time this has happened to me. Whenever there's trouble in the national team and things aren't going well, they bring me in, to ease people's tension and then get rid of me.
"Wherever I go, I succeed despite all the haters. I am not a toy in their hands and I refuse to be treated that way."