Aguirre on working in Muslim country, getting to know his players, Niger game
The Mexican manager has taken charge of the Egyptian national team two weeks ago, succeeding Hector Cuper, who parted company with the EFA after the World Cup.
Aguirre has signed a four-year contract, that will keep him as the Pharaohs’ manager until the 2022 World Cup and will earn a monthly salary of $120,000.
He becomes the first Mexican to take charge of the Egyptian national team, and the only second north American after Bob Bradley of USA.
The 59-year-old spoke about working in Egypt, saying he has enough experiences which will help him adjust to life in a Muslim country.
“I have worked in three different countries besides Mexico,” Javier Aguirre told Portuguese newspaper Record.
“The adaptation in Spain was easy because of the language, but it remains a different country of a different nature.
“After 12 years I felt it was time to go to Japan and then to the UAE and now I will go to a Muslim country.
“I have some experience in dealing with some of their rituals, such as Ramadan, and with the translator, it will certainly be easier,” he added.
Aguirre’s first game of charge will be against Niger next September in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at home.
He has stressed the importance of picking up the three points, especially after Egypt’s loss to Tunisia in the first round of the qualifiers.
“Every day, I watch videos for Egypt in the World Cup and the qualifiers as well as friendly matches. I started to get to know the players who participated in the last stage,” Aguirre said.
“There are 17 players playing outside Egypt and that’s important.
“The Niger match will be an important one because it will be at home and in the qualifiers of the African Cup of Nations.
“We have to win. We lost the first game to Tunisia and therefore they are three points ahead of us. It is important to start my Egypt career with a win,” he concluded.
The Pharaohs are currently on a nine-game winless run, having not won a game since their 2-1 win over Congo last October.
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