Next national team manager likely to be foreigner – Egypt FA member


Egypt’s next national team manager will probably be a foreigner, according to the Egyptian Football Association’s (EFA) Khaled Lateef.

“It is both my personal opinion and the opinion of most of my colleagues that the next national team manager should be a foreigner, so I think he will most likely be a foreigner,” Lateef said in a TV interview with MBC Egypt.

“We wished of course that we could have performed better at the [2018] World Cup. But God willing, we will qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations and do well, and at the very least my hope is that we learn from any mistakes we made at the World Cup in time for the next one,” he added.

On Wednesday, EFA president Hany Abou Rida held a press conference in which he too commented on the Pharaohs’ coaching search, most notably that Morocco manager Hervé Renard is not considered an option.

Egypt parted ways with Argentinian manager Héctor Cúper earlier in the week after a disappointing World Cup campaign.

Cúper helped lead Egypt back to the Africa Cup of Nations after three straight qualifying failures, reaching the final of the 2017 edition in Gabon.

He also helped steer the team to its first World Cup finals appearance since 1990.

However, fans and pundits decried his overly conservative approach for its lack of flair or fire power.

Cúper ended his reign at the Pharaohs’ helm with a nine-match winless streak.

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