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(Reuters) - Former Netherlands captain Ruud Krol has agreed on a two-month contract to coach Tunisia in the African zone World Cup play-offs, the Tunisian football federation said on its website (www.ftf.org.tn) on Thursday
Tunisia have been drawn to meet Cameroon over two legs in October and November with the winner securing a place at next year's finals in Brazil.
Krol replaces Nabil Maaloul, who resigned after Tunisia lost their final group match 2-0 at home to the tiny Cape Verde Islands on September 7.
The result meant the side missed out on a play-off berth but they were handed a reprieve just days later when Cape Verde were found to have fielded an ineligible player and FIFA awarded the match 3-0 to Tunisia, allowing them to advance to the final stage of African qualifiers.
Krol will also remain as coach of CS Sfaxien, the club he took to the Tunisian championship in May.
Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by John O'Brien