Tunisia fire head coach Henryk Kasperczak

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The federation had sought a premature end to the 70-year-old’s contract, despite being top of their World Cup qualifying group, but no settlement was agreed, leading to the decision on Friday to fire the former Poland international.

“It was not possible to find common ground and therefore we decide on a unilateral separation,” read a statement.

Tunisia felt there had not been sufficient progress with their team despite a quarter-final place at the African Nations Cup finals in Gabon at the start of the year and a 100 percent record in Group A of Africa’s World Cup qualifiers where they share top place with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Tunisia went out meekly to Burkina Faso in the last-eight of the Nations Cup in Libreville in January, and last month lost friendly internationals to Cameroon at home and Morocco away.

Kasperczak had now had two spells in charge of Tunisia. He took them to the finals of the Nations Cup in 1996 and to the 1998 World Cup finals in France.

He returned for a second spell in July 2015.