THE TUNISIA COACH Henri Michel said his team needed a radical new approach and a lot of hard work to stand any chance of making an impression at the World Cup finals after their early exit from the African Nations' Cup in Mali.
The glum Frenchman told a news conference yesterday that he had tried to adapt himself to the team but it had been a mistake. "We can't continue like that," he said. "At some point you have to say `stop'.
"I made a mistake so now we will have to take a different direction," he said, adding that any questions about his future should be put to officials of the Tunisian federation.
"I am trying to do my job. My responsibility is for the national team and Tunisian football to do well. I will say openly what I think is wrong," Michel said.
Michel kept up his criticism of his team, eliminated from the Nations' Cup finals on Thursday without scoring a goal in three games. Their final match was a 0-0 draw with Senegal in Kayes, although Michel said he drew some small satisfaction from the fact some players put in more effort than against Egypt in the previous game.
"We did what we could with the resources we had and played a decent match. There is room for some satisfaction. If we continue like that, we will be going in the right direction," he said.
"There is a lot of hard work ahead. We showed little capability in this tournament and a lack of ability that is difficult to try and fix. …