Queiroz to be sacked after five months?

African Football

Former South Africa head coach Carlos Queiroz job is reportedly on the line despite Egypt only hiring him five months ago. 

The ex-Manchester United assistant coach was hired in September 2021 to replace Hossam El-Badry, who was sacked earlier that week. 

With the Africa Cup of Nations underway, many media outlets and pundits suggested that the Pharaohs were one of the tournament’s favourites but they subsequently suffered a defeat in their opening fixture against Nigeria with Kelechi Iheanacho's strike proving to be the difference. 

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With the pressure on the Portuguese head coach to deliver in their next match against Guinea-Bissau, Egypt Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhi, sent a strong message to Queiroz.  

“Queiroz was hired to lead the team at a difficult time, we talked about priorities with him, World Cup qualification comes first, but Africa Cup of Nations is very important as well,” Sobhi said, per Goal via Kingfut. 

“His salary is $90,000 per month, it’s average, and we are not thinking about changing our coaching staff right now, but if we fail to qualify from the group stage we will consider it for sure.”

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The 68-year-old manager took to social media on Thursday to call for unity and issued a statement to rally the country behind the team after the disappointing loss.

"We feel hurt and sad, no doubt about that because we always want to perform well and deliver happiness to our Fans, Friends, and Families," the statement read on Twitter.

"We are proud of our commitment and we want to make people proud of us. 

"Tough moments show the really tough guys standing up together, more united and stronger.

"Tough moments show one team united and ready to fight harder, perform better and succeed always.

"Lads, lets move forward to our responsibility and major goals!" 

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