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After Nigeria and Mali, Egypt are next in firing World Cup play-off failed coach

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Carlos Queiroz

Portuguese Carlos Queiroz has become the third to be disengaged among the five coaches whose teams failed in the World Cup play-off in Africa.

Queiroz, who guided Egypt to runners-up position in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations by losing to Senegal in penalty shootout also fell the same way in the World Cup playoff against the same West African country.

His disengagement this Monday is reportedly by mutual consent with the Egyptian Football Association (EFA).

Before the fate that has befallen Queroz, Nigeria which fell to Ghana in the World Cup playoff had done the same to Austin Eguavoen while Mali did the same to 64 year old Mohamed Magassouba whose team fell in both legs to Tunisia.

Queiroz is a former Real Madrid, Portugal and Iran boss and took charge of Egypt last September,  replacing Hossam El Badry.

But the EFA board is now expected to meet on Tuesday to discuss whether to replace the Portuguese, 69, with an Egyptian manager – with former striker Hossam Hassan and Pyramids coach Ihab Gala in the frame.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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