EFA Board Member Hazem Emam speaks during the press conference. Photo courtesy of the EFA
The Pharaohs lost their bid to win a record eighth African title after losing to Senegal in the last match and then missing out on the 2022 World Cup in the playoff game.
“As you all know, we had several problems during the last period and it is evident from the latest results and incidents. We were saddened by what happened and we are also responsible for it. We are working to correct our mistakes. We had a 3-4 hour long meeting with the Minister of Sports to discuss our future plans and that is what I am here to announce,” said Board Member Hazem Emam. of the EFA, during a press conference on Thursday.
EFA decided to fire Pharaohs coach Ehab Galal after just three games and look for a foreign tactician.
The EFA also decided to hire a foreign coach for the U23 team ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, a foreign technical director for the EFA, and a foreign expert and consultant to help develop the Referees Committee.
“We always say that we want to progress like in Europe. So we decided to bring in foreign coaches and technicians to help us make a major change. They will all have Egyptian assistants to help them gain experience and know how to take over in the future.
“We want to make major changes in competition formats, national team structure, youth development and several areas. We lack caliber and experience in certain new areas, and that is why we call on foreign experts. What is also important is that we must give them their space and their opportunities to work and implement their vision,” he added.
Egyptian football has been in turmoil in recent years. The Pharaohs have failed to win the African title since 2010 despite reaching the final in 2017 and 2021.
Domestic competitions have been disrupted since the coronavirus pandemic and seasons are overlapping, leading to player burnout and impacting overall performance.
“We hope to conclude our agreements as soon as possible so that the new coaches and technicians can start their work immediately. We will announce everything as soon as it happens,” he concluded.
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