CAIRO Egypt (Xinhua) --
Egyptian Football Association (EFA) chairman Hani
Abo Rida said on Wednesday that the EFA board will not resign
over the 2018 World Cup failure amid accusations of financial
Abo Rida told
reporters in Cairo that the EFA is self-funded by sponsorship,
adding that Association did not bear any of the cost of the
Egyptian team’s stay in Russia.
“The talk that a
certain country paid our accommodation is inappropriate,” Abo
The board has been
strongly criticized after Egypt, led by coach Hector Cuper, lost
all three group matches at the Russia World Cup.
ministry and parliament will start a probe into what they
described as a “humiliating exit and disgraceful appearance” at
their World Cup trip in 28 years.
will include alleged “serious violations” including illicit
gains and a lack of “transparency of the ticketing system and
Meanwhile, the EFA
thanked in a press statement the 62-year-old Argentinean coach,
who led the team to the final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
and World Cup Finals.
Although there is no
official confirmation, the Egyptian media has suggested the
Argentinean will not be offered a new contract.
contract expired after Egypt’s last World Cup game, which was a
2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in the Volgograd Arena.
Since his arrival in
March 2015, Cuper has been criticized for his defensive
line-ups, a style the Egyptian soccer fans do not prefer.
likely to be first manager sacked at World Cup
MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
Egypt coach Hector Cuper looks as if he has
become the first managerial casualty of the 2018 World Cup
following a communique issued by the Egyptian Football
Federation late on Tuesday.
In the communique,
the Federation President, Hani abu Rieda thanked the 62-year-old
Argentinean for his two years at the head of the team, who he
led to the final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and to their
first qualification for the World Cup finals since 1990.
Although there is no official confirmation, the Egyptian media
has suggested that this means the Argentinean will not be
offered a new contract.
contract expired after their last World Cup game, which was a
2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in the Volgograd Arena. The loss
means that despite decent displays against Russia and Uruguay
they return home with three defeats from three games.
The coach had been
criticized for his defensive line-ups in Russia, but was also
handicapped by the shoulder injury suffered by Egypt’s star
player Mohamed Salah who missed the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay and
despite scoring against Russia and Saudi Arabia, looked to be
lacking match fitness.
Cuper admitted after
the Saudi Arabia game that his contract had expired, adding that
his future depended on a meeting with the Egyptian Football
Federation in Cairo. Spain coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked and
replaced by Fernando Hierro just 24 hours before the World Cup
kicked off, after being confirmed as the next coach of Real