EFA to consider Egyptian coach for national team job, says chief

Ahram Online , Sunday 10 Apr 2022

Egyptian Football Association (EFA) President Gamal Allam told reporters on Sunday that they might consider an Egyptian coach to take over the national team following the departure of Carlos Queiroz.

 Gamal Allam
File photo: Egyptian Football Association (EFA) president Gamal Allam (Photo: Al-Ahram)

EFA and Portuguese tactician Carlos Queiroz have terminated the contract on Sunday by mutual consent after the team failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

“There are several Egyptian candidates capable of leading the Pharaons. It is possible that the next coach will be an Egyptian. This issue will be decided during the board’s meeting,” he said.

Queiroz was appointed in September 2021 succeeding Hossam El-Badry who had been in charge for the previous two years. Under the helm of the 69-year-old Portuguese coach, the Pharaohs reached the semi-final of the 2021 Arab Cup and the final of the Africa Cup of Nations before losing to Senegal on penalties in February.

Egypt’s iconic striker Hossam Hassan, who had been shortlisted for the job back in 2019 alongside El-Badry and Ehab Galal, is currently available after leaving Ittihad of Alexandria in March.

However, board member Hazem Emam had revealed to local media that he prefers a foreign coach for the job.

The EFA board meeting is set to take place on Tuesday to give a verdict on the matter.

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