Africa Cup of Nations: Egypt sack head coach Javier Aguirre after last-16 exit

Aguirre used to be finest appointed last August on a four-year deal

Egypt acquire sacked head coach Javier Aguirre after the hosts suffered ashock defeatby South Africa in the last-16 of the Africa Cup of Nation.

The Pharaohs had been the pre-tournament favourites nonetheless lost 1-0 in Cairo after Thembinkosi Lorch’s eighty fifth minute winner.

Egypt Soccer Association president Hany Abo Rida has also resigned, announcing it used to be a “fascinating duty”.

Mexican Aguirre, 60, used to be appointed in August 2018, succeeding Hector Cuper, who left after their World Cup exit.

Speaking after Saturday’s defeat, Aguirre, who peaceable had three years left on his contract, talked about: “After all I am accountable.

“I focus on the sport used to be initiate and there had been probabilities for each and every groups. The categorical dissimilarity used to be the target for South Africa.”


BBC Sport’s John Bennett at the Africa Cup of Countries

No one here in Cairo saw this defeat coming. Egypt’s performances weren’t fully convincing in the neighborhood stage nonetheless they peaceable managed to grab all three video games, ranking five needs and protect three tidy sheets.

Certainly they’d have the flexibility to sweep aside a South Africa group who squeezed into the last-16 with factual one dangle, one purpose and two defeats of their first round suits?

Nonetheless in front of 75,000 followers, Mohamed Salah and his group-mates had been fully flat. Meanwhile South Africa showed ambition and fully no anguish. Bafana Bafana deserved the dangle and the Egyptian crowd knew it.

South Africa midfielder Dean Furman instructed me after the sport that the house followers gave him and his group-mates a standing ovation as they left the pitch.

No matter having a contract to the following World Cup, Aguirre could well also by no plot protect his job after this. He tried to invent the group much less reliant on Salah nonetheless the frail problems they had below feeble boss Hector Cuper had been peaceable there. If the Liverpool forward is rarely always at his easiest, they’re an real looking group.

Salah had been sick this week and overlooked practising on Wednesday night. He positively didn’t search for as entertaining as he used to be in the neighborhood stage, shedding just a few sprints that he’d on the total dangle with ease.

Now not no longer up to Liverpool will now attend from the opportunity he’ll acquire to leisure following a prolonged season for membership and country. Meanwhile his Anfield group-mate Sadio Mane is also here in Egypt for an additional two weeks with Senegal.

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