Egypt sack Rui Vitoria after early exit from AFCON

February 5 – Egypt are the latest country to sack their coach following elimination from the African Cup of Nations.

They parted company with Portuguese manager Rui Vitoria after exiting the tournament at the last-16 stage and failing to win a single game.

Egypt were finalists at the last Africa Cup of Nations in 2022, but fell far short of expectations this time around.

Mohamed Youssef, a former Al Ahly coach, has been appointed as Egypt’s interim manager although the EFA say they “will also study the CVs of [some] foreign coaches”.

Former Benfica and Spartak Moscow manager Vitoria was appointed as Egypt head coach in 2022, succeeding Ehab Galal. He signed a four-year deal which would have taken him through to the 2026 World Cup.

His reign with the Pharaohs started well, winning 12 out of 14 games in charge before the start of Afcon 2023.

His dismissal follows the departure of a number of other coaches at the tournament with Algeria, Gambia, Ghana, Tunisia, Tanzania and Ivory Coast all dispensing with their services.

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