Egyptian Football Association (EFA) president Ahmed Megahed has revealed that national team coach Carlos Queiroz will be sacked before the end of his contract if he does not satisfy a certain condition.
Nine games into his tenure as Egypt manager, Portugese coach Queiroz faces the risk of losing his job if the Pharoahs fail to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The seven-time African champions are among the 10 African teams that advanced from the group stage of qualification to the play-off round for the World Cup.
Five spots are up for grabs for African nations at the showpiece, with the play-off draw set be conducted on 26 January 2022.
The draw had initially been scheduled for 18 December, but following a CAF Extraordinary Assembly, it was decided that it should be pushed back to January next year.
In that meeting, members also agreed that the seeding of teams would be based on the January 2022 FIFA rankings, whereby the five highest-ranked nations will be drawn against the five unseeded sides.
As it stands, Egypt is the sixth highest-ranked African country in the world, with Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Nigeria ahead of them.
EFA president Megahed has now revealed that Queiroz will be shown the door if he fails to guide the north African giants to the global tournament.
“Queiroz’s contract with the national team ends by the end of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar; if we fail to qualify, the contract is automatically terminated,” Megahed said, per KingFut.
“If it was up to me, I’d offer Queiroz a new contract that ends in 2026, I’ll recommend that to whoever comes after me.
“The main reason Queiroz came to Egypt is to qualify for the World Cup, but with the performance, I am seeing right now, I believe we can win the Africa Cup of Nations.”
Meanwhile, Queiroz will hope to guide his side to the final of the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup, when they face Tunisia in today’s semi-finals.
They will take on the Super Eagles in their Group D opener at next year’s AFCON.
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