Spanish football

Officer: Munitis takes Nafti’s place at the head of Badajoz – SPANISH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith


Club Deportivo Badajoz announced on Monday the dismissal of Mehdi Nafti (Toulouse, 41 years old) as a technician through an official statement and, just 24 hours later, announced Pedro Munitis (Santander, 44 years) as his replacement. The decision caught the same as the thick of the hobby, with the fourth team in Liga, five points from the leadership that the Cartagena holds, and with the great performance in the KO tournament still in the retina. The club has accompanied the usual official welcome announcement with a video of the exmediapunta in his time in the team.

The Cantabrian was without equipment since last April, when it was dismissed at UCAM Murcia. At the time of their farewell, the Murcianos were marching fifths of the group IV of Second B with 60 points, to three of the playoff places. Interestingly, the blue-blue draw would end up tied at 66 with Badajoz himself, who would be in charge of playing the ascent phase for having won the two clashes that faced both sets. The new pacense coach began his journey as coach in ‘su’ Racing de Santander (2015-16), to whom He would deprive Cadiz of promotion to Segunda in full promotion; to follow the next campaign in Ponferradina (2016-17), a team he would leave in March, resignation through; before the aforementioned stay at the UCAM.

New beginning

As both the video and the official statement recalled, Munitis returns to what was his home 22 years ago. Before his final explosion in the world of football in the ranks of Racing, which would take him both to the Spanish national team and to Real Madrid, Pedro would arrive on loan in the 1997–98 season to the old Nursery, leaving a more than pleasant memory among the Pacense hobby. In the 28 games in which he defended the elastic blanquinegra he scored 10 goals and left countless devils that delighted the parishioners of the Sports Club. I remember bittersweet, on the other hand, given that an injury thwarted his participation in the last seven games, thus undermining the options of playing the promotion phase to the First Division. Badajoz finished in sixth position and the Santanderino continued his prolific football career away from Extremadura. “It was a shame. I felt frustrated and helpless at not being able to help my teammates get that long-held climb to the city,” the protagonist said on his return to Badajoz as a UCAM technician in November 2018. Now he has the opportunity before him to finish what the misfortune left in half.

The new coach will have a decisive and complicated debut, as he will receive this Sunday to Cordoba (17:00 hours), fifth to two points from the Extremadurans and one of the top rivals in the fight for the playoffs in the remaining 15 games of the regular season.As evidenced by the dismissal of Nafti and the multiple changes made in this winter market (five players have arrived, Dani Aquino and Isma Cerro among them), this CD Badajoz is true to the ambitious goal of its president Joaquín Parra, who is none other than to take the team to Segunda, first, and get a promotion to the First Division that he was never able to celebrate the city before its refoundation in 2012, after that.

As for the former coach, Nafti arrived in the capital last season and qualified the team for the promotion playoffs, falling in the first round of these against Logroñés. In this campaign, despite having held headline positions throughout the year, its continuity has been in question in several sections of the season and, despite the great role in Copa, the irregular start of the second round and the defeat to Algeciras on Sunday has precipitated the decision. The one from Toulouse leaves the club 56 matches after landing in the Nuevo Vivero, with a bag of 30 cattle, 14 draws and 12 lost.