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By ESPN Staff

Humberto Coelho named new coach of Tunisia

TUNIS, June 3 (Reuters) - Former Portugal manager Humberto Coelho has been named as the coach of Tunisia, the country's football federation announced said.

Coelho will take over from Frenchman Roger Lemerre. His appointment on Monday came one day after Tunisia suffered a surprise 2-1 home defeat by Burkina Faso in their opening 2010 World Cup qualifier.

A brief statement from the Tunisian federation said Coelho had been chosen for the job but a contract still had to be signed.

Coelho, 58, previously worked in Africa as coach of Morocco from 2000 to 2002.

Coelho took Portugal to the semi-finals of Euro 2000 and was also coach of South Korea from 2002 to 2003.

The appointment ends a three-month search for a replacement for Lemerre, who is to become Morocco's coach on July 1.

Tunisia had previously offered the job to Frenchman Bertrand Marchand and Jacques Santini but both failed to agree terms with the federation.

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