June 26, 2018 / 1:59 PM / 5 months ago

Saudi FA extends coach Pizzi's contract until end of Asian Cup in Feb 2019

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group A - Saudi Arabia vs Egypt - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 25, 2018 Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi gestures during the match REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia have extended coach Juan Antonio Pizzi’s contract until the end of the Asian Cup in February 2019, the FA said on Tuesday, a day after the ‘Green Falcons’ claimed a surprise victory over Egypt in their last World Cup game.

Saudi Arabia have had a high turnover of coaches, and there was speculation Argentine-born Pizzi could be on his way out after the team suffered a 5-0 thumping at the hands of Russia in their opening game.

But the Asian side showed a marked improvement in their subsequent Group A matches, despite failing to progress from the group stage.

“The Saudi Arabian Football Federation extends the Saudi national team manager Juan Pizzi’s contract until the end of the Asian Cup tournament,” the FA said on Twitter.

Pizzi began coaching Saudi Arabia in November and his contract was due to expire at the end of the tournament in Russia.

Reporting by Osama Khairy; Writing by Alexandra Ulmer; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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