CAIRO-North African giants Egypt and Algeria have confirmed new managerial appointments to lead their respective countries into the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Egypt have named Javier Aguirre as their new manager after Hector Cuper left following the underwhelming 2018 World Cup showing in Russia.
Aguirre, who played for Mexico at the 1986 World Cup and led them to the last 16 as coach in 2002 and 2010, has signed a four-year deal.
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry reportedly held talks with the nine-time Africa Cup of Nations champions, while Quique Sánchez Flores was also interviewed by the Egyptian FA.
Meanwhile, Algeria, who failed to qualify for the 2018 showpiece have confirmed former midfielder Djamel Belmadi as their new manager, after he too agreed a four-year deal.
Belmadi, who ironically coached Qatar between 2014 and 2015 – becomes the African nation’s sixth manager in two years and succeeds Rabah Madjer who was sacked in June. Kickoff