Egypt FA president quits and coach sacked following shock AFCON exit

Egypt head coach Javier Aguirre has left the Pharaoh following their shock defeat to South Africa in the round of 16 at the ongoing AFCON 2019.

The whole of Egypt was left shocked on Saturday as the hosts lost 1-0 to South Africa in the countries capital Cairo, which is the first time they fail to reach the quarterfinals since 2004.

Shortly after the defeat, Egyptian Football Association (EFA) president Hany Abou-Rida resigned from his position. He also announced the resignation of the entire technical and administrative staff.

Although Abou-Rida, who likewise called for individuals from the board to step down, has declared his resignation, he would continue in his role as the head of the organising committee of the 2019 AFCON.

Egypt hired Mexican coach Aguirre following their early exit at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Mexican, who had coached Mexico and Japan in the past, signed a four-year deal to manage the Pharaohs.

Speaking at the post-match interview, he took responsibility for the loss. “I’m responsible for all the selections and the results,” he said.

Sadly, the former Mexico, Japan, and Atletico Madrid boss appeared surrendered to his fate also.

He believed the next step would be decided after his meeting with the Egyptian FA on Sunday, though the decision was taken to part ways before any meeting on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the coach believes they lost the game because his team could not covert some of the chances they had against the South Africans.

“The game was open and witnessed scoring chances; the only difference was that South Africa scored a goal that helped them to qualify.  We also had our chances but couldn’t convert them,” he lamented.

Having won the tournament three times out the four they had hosted the event, the defeat means it will not be four out of five for the Pharaohs on their home soil.

The Egyptians came to the tournament with massive hope despite their poor display in Russian a year ago, with their star player Mohamed Salah fit and expected to take on a starring role in the competition.

Author: Cossy

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