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Former Boca Juniors coach Arruabarrena named as Pyramids FC new manager

The 45-year-old replaced Croatian coach Ante Cacic, who was shown the door after the club's loss in the Confederation Cup final against RS Berkane of Morocco.

Ahram Online , Wednesday 11 Nov 2020
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Arruabarrena unveiled as Pyramids' new coach (Photo: the club's official Twitter account)
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Egyptian side Pyramids FC have appointed Argentinean boss Rodolfo Arruabarrena as their new coach until the summer of 2022, the club announced on Wednesday.

The 45-year-old replaced Croatian coach Ante Cacic, who was shown the door after the club's loss in the Confederation Cup final against RS Berkane of Morocco.

"I am very happy to be here," Arruabarrena told a news conference on Wednesday. "The club has a good and ambitious project that is tempting for any coach."

"The Egyptian league is one of the biggest and most famous competitions in the region.

"Two Egyptian clubs reached the Champions League final, while Pyramids reached the Confederation Cup final.

"Pyramids have many good players who are capable of winning trophies and I am determined to help them realize their dream," he added.

Arruabarrena started his coaching career in 2010 when he took charge of Argentinean side Club Atletico Tigre.

He guided the country's giants Boca Juniors to the domestic double in 2015 before heading to the Arab Gulf region, where he took charge of Emirati side Al-Wasl (2016-17), Qatar's Al-Rayan (2017/18) and Shabab Dubai (2018/19).

The big-spending Pyramids could not realize their objectives last season, failing to secure a Champions League berth after finishing third in the domestic league behind champions Ahly and second-placed Zamalek.

They also exited the Egypt Cup at the quarter-final stage before narrowly missing out on their first ever trophy, losing to Berkane in the Confederation Cup final. 

Meanwhile, the club announced that they had completed the signing of Masry's Palestinian striker Mahmoud Wadi.  

The 25-year-old is the club's fourth close-season signing after Huddersfeild winger Ramadan Sobhi, Ahly's veteran defender Ahmed Fathi and Ahly keeper Sherif Ekramy. 

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