Egypt sack coach after AFCON exit

Egypt sack coach after AFCON exit

2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosts Egypt has sacked Coach Javier Aguirre following their shock elimination in the round of 16.

Aguirre's Egypt was left stunned on Saturday as the AFCON hosts lost 1-0 to South Africa in Cairo, where the Pharaohs failed to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2004.

And the former Japan and Mexico coach Aguirre who signed a four-year deal to replace Hector Cuper last year admitted that he was responsible for his team’s setback yesterday in the post-match conference.

"Of course I am responsible. We are all upset about the early elimination and I bear all the consequences because I chose the players and the formation."


After his sack, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) president Hany Abou-Rida announced his resignation and confirmed the departure of the entire technical and administrative staff.

Despite his resignation, Abou-Rida – who also called for members of the board to step down – said he will continue in his position as head of the organizing committee of the 2019 AFCON.

Egypt appointed Mexican boss Aguirre following their group-stage exit at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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