Egypt national team coach Rui Vitoria sacked

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The Egyptian Football Association today, Sunday, announced the departure of Egypt national team coach Portuguese Rui Vitoria following their exit from the final round of the African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast on Sunday.

“The Board of Directors of the Egyptian Football Association, following its meeting today, decided to discuss the technical and administrative report regarding the participation of the national team at the 2023 African Nations Championship in Côte d'Ivoire,” the federation said in a statement published on the (X) platform ” D'Ivoire, while studying the biographies of foreign coaches, would like to thank the Portuguese Rui Vitoria and his support staff.” This will be presented at the next meeting.

“The Council has decided to approve the appointment of Mohamed Youssef as general coach of the Egypt first national team until a foreign technical director is selected and the rest of the staff is formed,” the statement said.

The Egypt national team, which won the title 7 times, qualified for the knockout round by finishing second in the second group with 3 points after 3 draws.

Egypt lost 8–7 on penalties in the final against the Democratic Republic of the Congo after a 1–1 draw at the end of regular and extra time.

Vitória took over as coach of the “Pharaohs” national team in July 2022, succeeding coach Ihab Galal, who left his post after a 4–1 defeat to South Korea in a friendly match.

Under the leadership of Rui Vitoria, the Egypt national team achieved 12 wins in 18 matches, the biggest of which was a 6–0 victory over Djibouti in a 2026 World Cup qualifier.

The Pharaohs were tied in 5 matches, including 4 matches in the African Cup of Nations. The Democratic Republic of Congo match ended in defeat on penalties, while the Pharaohs lost a match against Tunisia in a friendly with a score of 1–3.

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