Egypt appoints Portuguese Carlos Queiroz as football head coach

during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Iran and Portugal at Mordovia Arena on June 25, 2018 in Saransk, Russia.

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.

FILE PHOTO: Carlos Queiroz reacts during a previous football match. /CFP.

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)

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