Cairo - The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced on
Thursday the appointment of Mexican Javier Aguirre as head coach of the
national team on a four-year deal.
Aguirre replaces Argentinian Hector Cuper after his contract
expired following the 2018 World Cup, where Egypt lost all three of their
matches to crash out in the group stage.
The 59-year-old Aguirre has previously coached Mexico and
"When we chose Aguirre, we were keen that he has a long
and honourable history, and he gave in Spain a great effort," EFA chief
Hany Abu Rida said at a press conference in Cairo, sitting next to the new
Aguirre's most recent job was with the United Arab
Emirates's Al Wahda from 2015-2017.
He will earn $120 000 a month with his two assistants, and
was promised a $500 000 bonus if Egypt qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
"I am really honoured to be here, even though I have
more than 20 years' work as a coach, even though I have four World Cups in my
bag, it's the first time I will work in Africa. It will be a big big
challenge," Aguirre said.
Aguirre coached Mexico at the 2002 World Cup and again at
the 2010 tournament but has spent most of the last decade working in Spain,
including spells at Osasuna - who he took to fourth place in La Liga in 2006 -
Real Zaragoza, Espanyol and Atletico Madrid.
He was fired in 2015 by Japan in the wake of their poor
Asian Cup title defence.
Other candidates who were considered for the Egypt job were
Spaniard Quique Sanchez Flores, Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic and Colombia's Jorge
Luis Pinto, the EFA said on Twitter.