EFA close to announcing new national team coach, denies that Queiroz made demands

Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 24 Jun 2022

Egyptian Football Association (EFA) board member Hazem Emam announced on Friday that are close to announcing the name of the new national team coach, while also denying reports that former Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz made managerial and financial demands to return to his post.



The EFA parted ways with Pharaohs’ coach Ehab Galal after he had been in charge for less than two months.

Galal was named as Egypt coach on 25 April after the departure of coach Queiroz, whose contract expired after the Pharaohs’ failure in the World Cup qualifiers.

“We prepared a shortlist of nominated coaches to be in charge of the national team and we started negotiations with them,” Emam told a television programme early on Friday.

“All reports related to Queiroz’s financial and managerial demands not true as we are also in talks with other coaches including the Portuguese coach,” the EFA board member added.

“We will announce everything soon,” Emam said.

The 69-year-old Queiroz left the team by mutual consent following their failure to reach the World Cup last April despite reports suggesting that the majority of EFA's board members were in favour of giving Queiroz a fresh deal.

However, they reportedly failed to reach a unanimous agreement and the veteran Portuguese boss departed after seven months in charge.

Under the helm of axed coach Galal, Egypt played three games this June, claiming a 1-0 home win over Guinea in their opening Group D game of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, before suffering a 0-2 loss to Ethiopia, and then slumping to a 1-4 defeat against South Korea in a friendly.

The Pharaohs’ upcoming commitment in the Nations Cup qualifiers will be next September when they host Malawi in Cairo.

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