Paris - Former Dutch star Ruud Krol is to take over as coach of Tunisia ahead of their Soccer World Cup playoff clash with Cameroon, informed sources have said on Tuesday.
Krol, a commanding defender in the outstanding Dutch sides of the 1970s, will take over from Nabil Maaloul, who was sacked after the shock 2-0 loss to Cape Verde.
That defeat initially meant that the Tunisians were out of contention for a spot in next year's World Cup in Brazil, but the result was later overturned when Cape Verde were sanctioned for fielding an illegible player.
Tunisia will now take on Cameroon on a home and away basis for one of the five African places available for the World Cup.
Krol won 83 caps for his country between 1969 and 1983, playing in the Dutch sides that finished second in the 1974 and 1978 World Cups.
He subsequently went into coaching with European clubs before moving to Africa where he was in charge of Zamalek in Egypt, Orlando Pirates in South Africa and, since 2012, the Tunisian side Sportif Sfaxien.