Carlos Queiroz

Portuguese tactician Carlos Queiroz has stepped down as the Egypt national team head coach after failing to reach the 2022 World Cup.

Egypt went 3-1 down in post-match penalties against Senegal on Tuesday night following a 1-1 aggregate draw in regular time; this being the second time in a span of months when the Pharaos lost to the Lions of Teranga in the same fashion.

Confirming the move on Twitter, the former Manchester United assistant manager said: “Dream is over. From the bottom of my heart, my gratitude to the Egypt Federation for this honor of coaching the National Team.

“To all my players and my staff, my recognition and humble thank you so much. You will be always in my heart. It was my privilege to work and be helped by such dedicated and capable professionals and wonderful friends.

“Without you, nothing could be possible for me in my life. I am very much proud of you lads. My best wishes and enormous gratitude to all Egyptian fans. To the future.”

Mohamed Salah, Ahmed Sayed Zizo, and Mostafa Mohamed missed Egypt’s penalties in the shootout with Liverpool star Sadio Mane delivering the winning spot-kick.

Queiroz took over the reins of the Egypt team last September and has been a key figure in restructuring the team where they made it to the finals of the 2022 African Cup of Nations.

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