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Egypt FA says Cúper hire still pending

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Two days after announcing Héctor Cúper as the next manager of Egypt’s national team, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) says negotiations with the Argentine are ongoing.

“If the negotiations fail with Cúper, the association’s board voted Alain Giresse as a second option, followed by Franklin Rijkaard,” EFA board member Mahmoud El-Shamy said in televised comments Wednesday.

Frenchman Giresse last managed Senegal at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Dutchman Frank Rijkaard is unemployed after last coaching Saudi Arabia over a year ago.

On Monday, the EFA unveiled Cúper as its choice on its official website, going as far as revealing contract details.

Though El-Shamy’s comments suggest the delay is due to yet another financial snag, some believe it may have more to do with the backlash the EFA felt in the wake of choosing Cúper, who has failed to make a positive impression in his last 12 years as a manager.

Egypt’s coaching search has been circus-like, with EFA members naming countless candidates, seemingly daily. Symbollic of the search was the EFA’s alleged pursuit of Frenchman Hervé Renard. The EFA made claims of negotiations and financial agreements while Renard, despite expressing interest in the job, denied that he had even been contacted.

It’s believed that the EFA was never seriously pursuing some of the candidates it mentioned.

It has been nearly one-third of a year since Egypt last had a manager. Shawky Gharib, the Pharaohs’ previous boss, was sacked in November for failing to guide Egypt to AFCON 2015.

Keeping Egypt’s head coaching position vacant has already saved the EFA hundreds of thousands of dollars. Choosing a less-sought after candidate should save them hundreds of thousands, if not millions more.



  1. Hosam

    March 4, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    I really wonder how this shifty FA chooses a coach. The only thing they think about is money.. The cheaper the better I see.. I hope the negations with the three of them will fail. Cuper isn’t suitable for Egypt, Rijkaard didn’t perform a shit with Saudi Arabia and was just a successful coach with Barça years ago.. Giresse has African experience but I don’t think he would add something to the Egyptian team…
    Egypt should start replacing the EFA members before looking for a coach cause this is ridiculous.
    Why don’t they look for someone like Dick Advocaat, Halilhodzic or that coach of Costa Rica who led them to the 1/8 finals of the last WC. That coach has the ability to create a good footballing team of some nonsense players. He’s very suitable for Egypt. I would admire the EFA if they choose him but of course they only think about their own pocket those cunts.

    • Amro

      March 4, 2015 at 10:17 PM

      Well, I think you mean Pinto.

      I think some dumb ppl would prefer Cuper over him but he has the temperament and international experience to succeed with Egypt. I really hope one of the FA staff can see this and contact this man. I think Egypt will surprise many countries with him as a coach. Egypt has some better players than Costa Rica and playing South American countries is much more difficult than Africa. I really can guarantee a big success with a man like him leading Egypt.

  2. Yiğit

    March 5, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Egypt team must choose an egyptian coach, I was sad when I saw a foreign coach. Egypt coach accords with Egypt team. Efa which know this.

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