Tunisian Coaching Influence: Shaping the Moroccan Football Landscape


Many national football clubs have recently found their bearings with Tunisian coaches, as the sons of Tunisia continue to assert their presence in the Moroccan Professional League, where Tunisian nationality is second only to Moroccan among foreign coaches in the league.

Royal Army, last season’s league champion, enlisted the services of Tunisian coach Nasreddine Nabi, who led “The Leader” to the top of the championship standings so far, steadily marching towards the title.

Meanwhile, Wydad Athletic Club resorted to Fawzi Benzarti as an emergency coach after parting ways with national coach Adel Rmouch, yet the “elder statesman of coaches” has not succeeded in guiding the league’s African runner-up to positive results that restore confidence to the supporters.

Renaissance Berkane, representing the eastern region, also settled on another Tunisian; Moein Chaabani, who replaced national coach Amin Kermah in leading “The Orange”. Additionally, German coach Joseph Zinnbauer of Raja Club Athletic enlisted the services of Tunisian fitness coach Omar Ben Wannes, who made a positive impact previously with compatriot Lassaad Chabbi in a previous stint.

Regarding the reasons behind the strong presence of Tunisian coaches in the Moroccan league, Lassaad Chabbi, former coach of Raja Club Athletic and Hassania Agadir, explained: “First, we must acknowledge the value of Moroccan coaches, which is undisputed.”

He went on to say,

“Morocco has coaches of great value, as evidenced by what Walid Regragui achieved in the last World Cup, as well as Hussein Amotta with the Jordan national team in the Asian Cup, and other coaches currently working in the Moroccan league and other names who have contributed significantly in recent years.”

He continued:

“As for Tunisian coaches and the reason for their strong presence in the Moroccan league, firstly, there is a cultural similarity between the two countries; Morocco and Tunisia seem like one country. Coaches coming from Tunisia adapt quickly, and Moroccan management does not find difficulty in communicating with them. Additionally, the Moroccan league in North Africa remains an incentive for Arab coaches to work in it.”

He further elaborated:

“I believe there is also an important factor, which is the Tunisian coach’s constant desire to experience coaching outside his homeland. Mentioning today’s event as an example, where the Libyan league, there are several ‘Tunisian’ coaches. Add to that the significant problems facing the Tunisian league, which do not motivate local coaches to work.”

Chabbi concluded his remarks by saying:

“I hope that we will always be good ambassadors for our country Tunisia, whether in the Moroccan league or any other Arab or European league. We also have high hopes for Morocco to achieve great football success in hosting the African Cup of Nations and the 2030 World Cup.”

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