Tanzania Coach Joins Uganda, Egypt on List of AFCON 2019 Casualties
The ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has produced the first set of managerial casualties as Egypt and Uganda have parted ways with their coaches.
Tournament host Egypt fired head coach Javier Aguirre following their shock elimination in the round of 16 on Saturday night.
While many expected the host to go all the way, Aguirre’s Egypt were left stunned on Saturday as they lost 1-0 to South Africa in Cairo.
The defeat saw the Pharaohs failing to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2004.
Uganda, also have confirmed the exit of coach Sebastien Desabre albeit on mutual consent after the Cranes returned from the Africa Cup of Nations finals.
The East African side put up a brave fight to fall by a solitary goal to Senegal and exit the competition at the Round of 16.
Also, the Tanzania Football Federation and Emmanuel Amunike the National soccer team -Taifa Stars head coach have today agreed to part ways by mutual consent.
The development comes four days after the national team returned from the Africa Cup of nations (Afcon) finals in Egypt where they posted a decimal performance losing all the three group games in the process scoring two goals and conceding seven.
Tanzania parts ways with Amunike
Tanzania’s coach Emmanuel Amunike has been sacked by the countyry’s football federation (TFF), following the Taifa Stars’ failure to progress past the group stages at the Africa Cup of Nations.
TFF issued a statement on Monday saying it had parted ways with the ex-Nigerian international and coach.
‘‘The Tanzania Football Association (TFF) and the National Team Coach, Emmanuel Amunike, have reached a joint agreement to terminate the contract between us,’‘ read part of the statement.
Amunike has been coach of Tanzania since 6 August 2018. At AFCON 2019, Tanzania lost all three group matches against Senegal, Kenya and Algeria.
TFF which said the search for a new coach starts immediately, added that an interim boss will be unveiled on July 11.
Egypt’s ‘tactless’ coach
Egypt’s coach Javier Aguirre became the fist personnel casualty of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations after he was sacked on Sunday, following the hosts’ elimination from the tournament.
Egypt, who are seven-time record African champions, were eliminated by South Africa in the round of 16, to the disappointment of their proud and passionate fans.
Aguirre came in for criticism for his management of the side during the African Cup of Nations, with Egypt legend Wael Gomaa accusing the Mexican of having “no tactics or strategy”.
“There is no plan, there are no players, no one knows how to defend or attack,” said fan Ahmed Mostafa outside the stadium after the loss.
“This is what the four games we played looked like. None of the players wanted to play, really. There is no spirit, nothing.”
Following Saturday’s defeat, Aguirre said he alone took the blame for the host nation’s disastrous campaign and indicated he would hold talks with the Egyptian football association over his future.
“I think the game was open and there were chances for both teams. The only difference was the goal for South Africa,” Aguirre said after the 0-1 loss to South Africa.
Thembinkosi Lorch scored the only goal of the last-16 match in the 85th minute to give South Africa a stunning victory.
Egypt’s embattled football federation
Aguirre was sacked by the country’s Football Association president, Hani Abou Rida who has also since resigned his position and asked members of the dederation’s board to do the same.
The decision had been “a moral obligation” said the Egyptian FA in a statement after “disappointing Egypt’s supporters”.
Rida had led the Egyptian FA since 2016, in a three-year reign marked by controversy, including a 2018 World Cup fiasco that saw the Pharaohs fail to get out of the group stages after losing all of their matches.
The location of the team’s training base in Grozny, the capital of Muslim-majority Chechnya, spurred widespread criticism, especially from human rights groups, over concerns of abuses by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, supported by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
The federation has also feuded with Salah, the reigning African Footballer of the Year and won the Champions League last month with his club Liverpool, who has accused the body of misusing his image inside the country.
Recently the reinstatement of a player who had been banned following sexual harassment charges had provoked further widespread criticism of the Egyptian FA on social media.
Uganda parts ways with ‘successful’ coach:
Meanwhile, Uganda who were eliminated by Senegal in the round of 16 have also parted ways with their coach Sebastien Desabre.
The Ugandan Football Federation (FUFA) said in a statement that it had “mutually agreed” to end the Frenchman’s contract.
“The reasons for termination of the employment contract are for the benefit and growth of both parties,” it said.
Uganda, playing a bold attacking game, beat Democratic Republic of Congo in their opening game, outplayed hosts Egypt despite losing 2-0 and gave Senegal a run for their money in the round of 16 before losing 1-0.
“FUFA recognises the contribution by Mr Desabre for the improvement of the sporting and professional organisation of the Uganda Cranes inclusive of qualification to the AFCON2019 Finals and also to the Round of 16,” said the statement.
Before being appointed by Uganda in December 2017, he coached clubs in Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Morocco and Egypt.
The 42-year-old has since been appointed as head coach for Egyptian club side Pyramids Football Club.