Hector Cuper and Egypt part ways following poor World Cup campaign
The Egyptian national team have parted ways with manager Hector Cuper after a disappointing World Cup campaign.
The coach oversaw a dreadful effort by the ‘Pharoahs’ at the tournament, as they failed to pick up a point in Group A, which included a disappointing loss to Saudi Arabia in their final match.
Cuper, who was out of contract after the tournament anyway, left his role after the board of the Egyptian FA decided the team needed to go in a different direction.
The Argentine took over the reigns of the team in 2015 and helped them achieve some major milestones in the footballing history of the country.
“‘We appreciate the work from the coach, from reaching the Africa Cup of Nations after three years of absence and taking Egypt to the World Cup after 28 years of absence” the Egyptian FA said in a statement.
Egypt will now look for a more attacking-minded manager as they aim to rediscover the kind of “pretty football” they used to play under Hassan Shehata, the mastermind of their three successive Nations Cup triumphs in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Their next competitive game is against Niger in September in the 2019 Nations Cup qualifiers.