Egypt appoint Mexican Aguirre as new head coach

Egypt appoint Mexican Aguirre as new head coach
02 August 2018 06:06

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced on Thursday the appointment of Mexican Javier Aguirre as head coach of the national team on a four-year deal.

Aguirre replaces Argentinian Hector Cuper after his contract expired following the 2018 World Cup, where Egypt lost all three of their matches to crash out in the group stage.

The 59-year-old Aguirre has previously coached Mexico and Japan. "When we chose Aguirre, we were keen that he has a long and honourable history, and he gave in Spain a great effort," EFA chief Hany Abu Rida said at a press conference in Cairo, sitting next to the new coach.

Aguirre's most recent job was with the United Arab Emirates's Al Wahda from 2015-2017. He will earn $120,000 a month with his two assistants, and was promised a
$500,000 bonus if Egypt qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

"I am really honoured to be here, even though I have more than 20 years'
work as a coach, even though I have four World Cups in my bag, it's the first time I will work in Africa. It will be a big challenge," Aguirre said.

Aguirre coached Mexico at the 2002 World Cup and again at the 2010 tournament but has spent most of the last decade working in Spain, including spells at Osasuna -- who he took to fourth place in La Liga in 2006 -- Real Zaragoza, Espanyol and Atletico Madrid.

He was fired in 2015 by Japan in the wake of their poor Asian Cup title defense.

Other candidates who were considered for the Egypt job were Spaniard Quique Sanchez Flores, Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic and Colombia's Jorge Luis Pinto, the EFA said on Twitter.

Media

Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt Madagascar vs Egypt

Madagascar vs Egypt

Browse All Albums

Trophy and medal ceremony | CAN Orange 2013 | 10.02.2013

Trophy and medal ceremony | CAN Orange 2013 | 10.02.2013
Final : Nigeria - Burkina Faso | CAN Orange 2013 | 10.02.2013
Pepsi high scorer player of the competition | EMENIKE (Nigeria) | CAN Orange 2013
Orange man of the competition | Pitroipa (Burkina Faso) | CAN Orange 2013
Nissan Goal of the tournament | M'SAKNI (Tunisie) | CAN Orange 2013
Browse All Albums