Egypt FA shortlists 4 for Pharaohs post


The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has shortlisted four potential managers to take over as coach of Egypt’s national team.

Those named by the EFA are Jorge Luis Pinto, Quique Flores, Javier Aguirre, and Vahid Halilhodžić.

Pinto has spent his entire coaching career in central and South America.

The 65-year-old Colombian is best known for guiding Costa Rica to the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Flores, a former Spain international, has had a journeymen managerial career that has not seen him stay with one team for longer than two years, with the exception of his first-ever coaching job with Real Madrid’s youth squad from 2001 to 2004.

Aguirre meanwhile has managed several clubs and national teams of his own, including two spells with Mexico.

He led El Tri to the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup title, but was heavily criticized for his team’s performance at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The 59-year-old last managed UAE side Al-Wahda.

Halilhodžić might be the most recognizable name on the list.

African football circles most remember him for guiding Algeria to the knockout stages of the 2014 World Cup.

The 66-year-old also guided Ivory Coast and Japan to the 2010 and 2018 World Cups respectively.

The EFA did not set a timetable for when a decision would be made, saying only that a committee consisting of Magdi Abdel-Ghani, Essam Abdel-Fattah, and Hazem Emam would be spearheading the effort.

The Pharaohs have been without a manager since the dismissal of Argentine Hector Cuper following a disappointing 2018 World Cup campaign.

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