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Egypt sack Coach Rui Vitoria after AFCON debacle

by Lesley Ngwa
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  •  Portuguese manager Rui Vitoria has been dismissed by the Egyptian football federation following Egypt’s R-16 exit at the AFCON
  • The former Spartak Moscow coach and his entire backroom staff have been dismissed
  • Mohamed Youssef has been appointed as the interim coach , while the Association search for a suitable replacement

Rui Vitoria, the former head coach of the Egyptian national football team, was sacked on Sunday, February 4, 2024, following a disappointing performance at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.

The decision was made after a technical and administrative meeting on Sunday. The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) thanked Vitoria and his assistants for their services and said it was studying the profiles of other foreign managers who could lead the Pharaohs in future competitions.

Egypt, who were runners-up at the previous edition of the tournament in 2022, failed to win any of their four matches and were knocked out in the last-16 stage by DR Congo on penalties.

The former Benfica and Spartak Moscow manager had signed a four-year contract with Egypt in 2022, with the goal of leading the team to the 2026 World Cup. However, his tenure was marked by poor results at the AFCON, which led to his early departure.

In his 18 games in charge, Egypt recorded 12 victories, five draws and one defeat. Four of these draws were at the AFCON.

The EFA also announced that Vitoria and his entire backroom staff had been dismissed, with Mohamed Youssef, a former Al Ahly coach, appointed as the interim manager.

Vitoria is the latest in a series of coaches who have lost their jobs after AFCON 2023, joining the likes of Djamel Belmadi (Algeria), Tom Saintfiet (Gambia), Chris Hughton (Ghana), Jalel Kadri (Tunisia), Adel Amrouche (Tanzania), and Jean-Louis Gasset (Ivory Coast).

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