Maaloul takes the reins at Kuwait Club, eyes season turnaround

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Kuwait Club celebrates Serbian coach Boris Bunjak.

KUWAIT CITY ,Dec 7: The Kuwaiti Club, revealed the signing of a contract with Tunisian coach Nabil Maaloul to lead the team. Maaloul takes over from Serbian coach Boris Bunjak, whose contract was terminated by the administration following a decline in the team’s performance.

Nabil Maaloul, accompanied by his assistant Nader Dawoud, arrived and attended the match between Al-Kuwait and Al-Nasr at the Friendship and Peace Stadium, marking the ninth round of the Zain Premier League. Maaloul had previously coached the team in the season before last and has notable experience, including coaching the Kuwaiti national team in 2015 and leading the Tunisian national team in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

His most recent coaching position was with Esperance of Tunisia last season. Maaloul has agreed to a season-and-a-half term with Al-Kuwait, and at 60 years old, he aims to reorganize the team. His first challenge will be against Al-Wehdat, a team he previously managed a season and a half ago, bringing familiarity with many aspects of the team.

In a related context, Kuwait bid farewell to Serbian coach Boris Bunjak with a celebration before the training session the day before yesterday. Bunjak was thanked for leading the team to victory in the Amir Cup and Premier League titles last season. The Serbian coach expressed gratitude to everyone he worked with, praising the players, their cooperation, and the support staff during his tenure. He also commended the club management for their outstanding support, wishing them success in the future.

Meanwhile, the “Al-Abyad” delegation is set to depart for Jordan today in preparation for the upcoming match against Al-Wahdat on Monday, the final sixth round of the second group of the AFC Cup. Kuwait aims to secure points in the match to enhance its chances of qualifying for the semi-finals of the tournament for West Asian teams, considering the withdrawal of the Palestinian Jabal al-Mukaber team, which could positively impact Kuwait’s standing. The team is in great readiness, with the exception of the suspended trio Youssef Nasser, Ibrahim Kamil, and Dhari Al-Otaibi.

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