Egypt’s new coach Vitoria monitoring all players closely, excited to start work

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 2 Aug 2022

Egypt’s new coach Rui Vitoria said he is excited to start his mission with the Pharaohs, adding that he is watching all the players closely to get a clear view of their needs.

Rui Vitoria
A screenshot from Vitoria's interview with the EFA


“I am already working with my team on following many things related to Egyptian football, including the Egyptian league, the foreign-based players... so we are excited and ready to start our work,” the coach said in an interview published by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) via Facebook on Tuesday.

“We are monitoring all players closely, the current team, all games and youth players playing outside Egypt to have a clear point of view of the Egyptian players and all their needs,” the 52-year-old tactician added.

Earlier in July, the EFA announced signing a four-year contract with the former Benfica coach who will be replacing Ehab Galal who was shown the door after just three matches in charge.

“It was the first four-year contract offer in my career and I accepted it after understanding the goals of the Egyptian Football Association. The African Cup of Nations was postponed from 2023 to 2024 and then there will be the World Cup so the length of the contract was logical,” the former coach of Saudi side Al-Nasr and Spartak Moscow explained.

“I talked to [Liverpool star and Egypt skipper] Mohamed Salah who is considered one of the best players in the world and I would like to thank him for his warm welcome. I want to tell Salah and other players let us work together to make all Egyptians proud of all of you and the national team."

Vitoria also said he would speak with the managers of all Egyptian Premier League clubs to make sure the players can have the chance to display their best attributes.

"We are not going to make changes for the sake of it ... but it is important that the players be able to showcase the best of what they have," he added. 

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