Count Down to Afcon 2017 – Coaches Profile: Henry K Kasperczak

Accra, Jan 12, GNA – The 2004 Africa Cup of Nation champions Tunisia on July 2015 re-appointed former Polish international, Henry Kasperczak as a replacement of George Leekens. Kasperczak, who ended his second spell with Mali after Afcon 2015, signed a 3year deal for the Carthage Eagles as the head coach.

 

 

The 70-year old polish started his football career with Stal Zabrze in 1959 before he was transfered to Stal Mielec in 1965. After just a season, he signed for Legia II Warszawa in the polish second division from 1966 to 1968 and returned to Stal Mielec, where he won so many trophies with over 200 caps and 37 goals.

 

 

On March 20th 1973, he featured for Poland national team in their 4-0 win over USA at Lodz and went ahead to play over 60 games for the Europeans. He ended his professional career as a footballer with Ligue 1 side Metz in 1979 after 55 caps.

 

 

Kasperczak, was maintained as the head coach of Metz right after his retirement where he spent 5years winning the Coupe De France in 1984. He has managed about 13 club teams in his career including St Etienne, Lille, Montpellier, Racing de Paris, Bastia, Al Wasl and many others.

 

 

The former polish midfielder has got so much experience in the African terrain, having handled Cote d’ivoire in 1993 to 1994, he was appointed as the head coach of the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in 1994 but later returned to France to join Bastia in 1998 after a disappointing performance in France 1998 Word Cup.

 

 

He was brought back to Africa by the Moroccan Football Federation to replace Henri Michel as the head coach in 2000. After just one year he signed for Chinese club Shenyang Haishi, where he spent another one year and returned to Africa again but this time, the head coach of Mali national team.

 

 

In 2006, he became the coach of the Taranga Lions of Senegal but left during AFCON 2008 in Ghana, following a poor run of games and moved back to the Malian national team in 2013 for another spell.

 

 

The polish has had an enviable achievement in African football securing silver medal with Tunisia in 1996, bronze medal with Cote D’ivoire and fourth position with the Eagles of Mali in 2002. A good reason for his re-appointment as the head coach of the Tunisia National team after 20years.

 

 

The Carthage Eagles will play their opening game against their north African rivals Algeria on Sunday, 15 January 2017 whiles the other fixture features Senegal and Zimbabwe at 4pm and 7pm respectively

 

 

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