Egypt part ways with head coach Hector Cuper

Despite his desire to continue as head coach of Egypt, Cuper has been relieved of his duties by the country's football association

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has announced the departure of Hector Cuper as their head coach. 

The 62-year-old's future had the subject of speculation following Egypt's failure to win their opening two matches of the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia. 

Egypt, who were making their first appearance at the World Cup finals since 1990, finished bottom of Group A and without a single point to their name.

The Pharaohs lost their opening match 1-0 to Uruguay, before suffering a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Russia. They ended the tournament with a 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia on Monday.  

Cuper's contract was up for renewal at the end of the World Cup tounament, and although he was in talks with the Egyptian FA over a possible extension before the start of the global showpiece, his team's below-par performances saw him lose his job.  

The Argentine mentor knew that he was skating on thin ice as soon as Egypt lost to Saudi Arabia. 

He had a meeting with the country's football association upon the team's arrival to Egypt on Tuesday, where the two parties decided to go separate ways. 

EFA released an official statement confirming Cuper's departure. The association thanked the former Inter Milan manager for helping Egypt qualify for the World Cup finals. 

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"We held a meeting after returning from Russia and the entire board decided to say thank you to Cuper and his technical staff," read the statement. 

"We appreciate the work from the coach, from reaching the Africa Cup of Nations after three years of absence and taking Egypt to the World Cup after 28 years of absence," continued the statement. 

Cuper had been the Egyptian national team manager since March 2015. He was in charge of the Pharaohs when they went all the way to the final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) where they lost to eventual winners Cameroon. 

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