August 1, 2018 / 9:33 PM / 8 months ago

Javier Aguirre named Egypt coach

FILE PHOTO: Japan's coach Javier Aguirre (R) reacts in front of Jordan's coach Ray Wilkins during their Asian Cup Group D soccer match at the Rectangular stadium in Melbourne January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Brandon Malone/File Photo

CAIRO (Reuters) - Javier Aguirre will take over as Egypt coach from Hector Cuper, whose contract was not renewed at the end of the World Cup, the Egyptian Football Association said on Wednesday.

The 59-year-old Mexican Aguirre, who played for his country at the 1986 World Cup and coached them in 2010, has signed a four-year contract that will earn him a monthly salary of $120,000, the EFA said.

Cuper, who had been expected to sign a new deal with Egypt after securing their first appearance at the World Cup finals in 28 years, was not offered the chance to stay on after a disappointing tournament in Russia, where they lost all three of their Group A matches.

Aguirre previously coached the Japanese national team and Spanish clubs Atletico Madrid and Espanyol.

His first assignment with Egypt will be to qualify for next year’s African Nations Cup finals. Their next qualifier is at home to Niger next month.

Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Toby Davis

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