Egypt FA considering foreign replacement for coach Galal

Mahmoud Elassal , Sunday 12 Jun 2022

Egyptian Football Association president Gamal Allam has denied the departure of newly appointed coach Ehab Galal; however, he did say the FA is reviewing foreign coaches' CVs in the case of any contingencies.

coach Ehab Galal
Coach Ehab Galal. EFA


“I didn’t announce the sacking of Ehab Galal, as I said, loud and clear, that we discuss all replacements until reaching the final decision during the next board meeting,” Allam said in a statement early on Sunday.

“We asked the EFA technical committee to review CVs of some foreign coaches in the case of any circumstances in the coming days,” the statement added.

The 54-year-old Galal is facing the prospect of being sacked just two matches in after taking charge of the Egyptian national team, after losing to Ethiopia 2-0 in the African Nations Cup qualifications.

Under Galal, the Pharaohs were utterly outplayed to their first defeat by Ethiopia in over three decades on Thursday. They were even lucky not to concede a heavier loss in the Malawian capital Lilongwe.

Galal said that the shocking loss to Ethiopia is "a game to forget,” stressing that they "need time to implement [his] playing style."

“We are trying to adapt to a different playing style and the players need time to implement it,” the newly appointed Galal said.

Egypt’s loss to Ethiopia increased pressure on Galal, whose appointment in April was met with doubts from pundits and fans alike, given his lack of experience as a national team manager compared to his predecessor, the heavyweight Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz.

The Pharaohs are scheduled to play a friendly game against South Korea in Seoul on Tuesday.

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