Tunisia's Belgian coach Georges Leekens (Photo: Reuters)
Tunisia's Belgian coach Georges Leekens said Wednesday he is "optimistic" over his side's future, adding the team's new generation is capable of guiding Tunisia to great heights.
The Carthage Eagles were close to reaching the Africa Cup of Nations semis, but a fatal mistake from the referee prevented them from continuing their winning campaign in the continental tournament.
A soft penalty cost Tunisia a semi-finals place as they went from a goal up in stoppage time against hosts Equatorial Guinea to lose 2-1 in extra time in the tournament's quarters.
"I am optimistic over the team's future," Leekens said in a news conference in Tunisia Wednesday.
"We succeeded to build a new team and I think we're on the right track."
"The team improved during the last year and I think the future will be better."
The Tunisia Football Association (TFA) stated its confidence in the Belgian coach in aiming to bring the Carthage Eagles to the World Cup in 2018.
"Leekens made a great job," TFA spokesman Nabil Daboussi said in a news conference Wednesday.
"The team improved under his guidance and I believe that he will realise more success with the team," he added.
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