Javier Aguirre hints at new football philosophy for Egypt

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The Pharaohs job is the 59-year-old Mexican’s first on the African continent, but the coach is already promising changes to the team's playing style

New Egyptian national team coach Javier Aguirre has suggested a new football era, saying he is different from his predecessor Hector Cuper.

Aguirre was unveiled on Thursday as the new Pharaohs coach after being appointed the previous day on a four-year deal in his first ever job on the African continent.

Not hiding his admiration for Cuper, who stepped down after a disappointing Fifa World Cup campaign in Russia, Aguirre said Egypt’s brand of football would be different under him.

“I respect Hector Cuper and his way, but every manager has his own technical style of playing,” said Aguirre as quoted by Kingfut

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“I will be working together with the EFA (Egyptian Foootball Association) to develop football here because Egypt is a big country. After the World Cup, the players got a long vacation and they were able to rest well," he said.

“Now, I will be taking my time to watch their previous games, analyze, and select the right players before we go to the training camp for our game against Niger,” he added.

The Niger game will be Aguirre’s first step in attempting to resuscitate Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign which started with a 1-0 away loss to Tunisia.

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