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Egypt parts ways with coach Carlos Queiroz following AFCON disappointment

Egypt parts ways with coach Rui Vitoria after a disappointing last-16 exit at the Africa Cup of Nations, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced on Sunday.

Vitoria’s contract was intended to extend until the 2026 World Cup, but Egypt’s underwhelming Cup of Nations performance, culminating in a shootout loss to the Democratic Republic of Congo, led to his premature departure.

The EFA stated that Vitoria, 53, and his entire coaching staff have been relieved of their duties. Mohamed Youssef, a former coach of Al Ahly, will step in on an interim basis.

“The association will also study the CVs of (some) foreign coaches,” the EFA added in a statement.

Vitoria was named Egypt’s boss in 2022, inheriting a side reeling from a drastic slump in form that followed their run to the Cup of Nations final in Cameroon a few months earlier.

Things initially looked promising, with Egypt showing marked improvement in attack and comfortably booking their place at the Cup of Nations finals in the Ivory Coast. They also won their opening two games of the World Cup qualifiers.

Nevertheless, Egypt delivered lackluster performances in the Ivory Coast, reaching the last 16 with three consecutive 2-2 draws before DR Congo dashed their hopes of securing an eighth Cup of Nations title.

Vitoria joins the list of coaches departing the tournament, including Algeria’s Djamel Belmadi, Gambia’s Tom Saintfiet, Ghana’s Chris Hughton, Tunisia’s Jalel Kadri, Tanzania’s Adel Amrouche, and Ivory Coast’s Jean-Louis Gasset.