The Egyptian Football Association has fired its Portuguese coach Rui Vitoria after a disappointing elimination at the Africa Cup of Nations.
EFA announced his Vitoria dismissal on Sunday with the appointment of former coach Mohamed Youssef on an interim basis.
The seven-time African champions suffered an 8-7 penalty shootout defeat against the Democratic Republic of Congo, concluding in a 1-1 draw after extra time in San Pedro last Sunday.
“Thanks to Roy Vitoria and his assistant staff,” EFA said on Sunday.
“The Board of Directors of the Egyptian Football Association, following its meeting today to discuss the technical and administrative reports regarding the national team’s participation in the 2023 African Nations Championship in Ivory Coast, decided to thank the Portuguese Rui Vitoria, the coach of the Egyptian national team, and his assistant staff, while studying the biographies of foreign coaches and presenting them at the next meeting.
“The Council decided to approve the appointment of Mohamed Youssef as general coach of the first Egyptian national team until a foreign technical director is selected and the rest of the staff is formed.”