Ben Slimane continuing to make mark as coach
After enjoying similar success as a coach as she did as a player, her next target is helping her team make their mark at the 2013 FIVB Girl’s U18 World Championship in Thailand, which Tunisia qualified for after finishing second in the 2013 Girls Youth African Nations Championship.
“To play at this world level is a big mission because we will meet the top teams in the elite and thus we have to prepare well to represent our country in the best way,” Ben Slimane said. “We all need to improve our skills. I have a lot of work to do for the team ahead of the World Championship.”
Ben Slimane was no stranger to success as a player and she won the 2008 Tunisian Cup with Ettihad Carthage Club in her final match as a player. A year later she returned with Ettihad Carthage Club to win the trophy as a coach.
After accepting an offer from the club’s board to try her hand at coaching she quickly took to her new role and was made the Tunisian girls’ team assistant coach in 2011 before being promoted to the top job at the start of this year.
“After I retired the club's board asked me to conduct the team as a coach in the following season,” Ben Slimane added. “At the start I felt it will be difficult to start my coaching career so quick like this, but finally I accepted the challenge.
“I didn't realise that I would win a major trophy in my first year in my new job. Now I'm looking forward to a new era with the Tunisian girls' team after our qualification for the FIVB World Championship in Thailand.”