Former Manchester United assistant manager and Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz is the new head coach of the Egyptian national team following his appointment by the Egyptian FA.
A statement by the Egyptian FA said Queiroz is expected to arrive in the capital Cairo next week. He will be assisted by Diaa El-Sayed and long-time former national team goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary on his coaching staff.
The 68-year-old replaces Hossam El Badry who was sacked after a slow start to The Pharaohs’ World Cup qualifying campaign during which they struggled to a narrow win against Angola and a draw against Gabon.
Queiroz has previously also coached his native Portugal, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Iran.
Egypt lies second in Group F two points behind leaders Libya who they face in back-to-back matches in October.
The stakes are high given that only the winners of the 10 groups will advance to the third and final qualifying stage to contest a knockout phase with the five winners going on to represent the continent in Qatar in 2022.
(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)