AFCON2019: Javier Aguirre sacked, FA President resigns

AFCON2019: Javier Aguirre sacked, FA President resigns

Egypt head coach Javier Aguirre has been sacked by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) after the host nation were shockingly eliminated from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) by South Africa.

The Pharaohs lost to an 85th minute goal by Thembinkosi Lorch at the Cairo International Stadium on Saturday night and the EFA wasted no time in dismissing the Mexican as announced by President Hany Abou-Rida.

After the announcement, Abou-Rida also resigned from his position as President alongside a few other members of his board including Hazem Emam and Ahmed Megahed.

Abou-Rida will continue in his position as the head of the Organising Committee of the 2019 AFCON.

Aguirre, 60, was appointed Egyptian head coach in July last year and ends his first ever coaching spell in Africa less than a year into it. Other technical and administrative members of the team were also relieved of their duties in the same vein.

Egypt won all their three group games but put up a disappointing performance against the 1996 champions in front of over 70,000 spectators on Saturday night.

South Africa will go ahead to meet Nigeria in the quarter final at the same venue on Wednesday.

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