YAOUNDE (Reuters) – Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz has had a protracted and distinguished career however he shall be lacking from the dugout for doubtlessly the crowning moment of his quarter-century of teaching around the globe.
A red card within the semi-final win for Egypt over hosts Cameroon means a two-match ban for the 68-year-old coach and banishment to the stands for Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations last towards Senegal in Yaounde, the place he may have to run issues remotely.
Queiroz, born in Mozambique when it was nonetheless a Portuguese colony, has been in cost of the Egyptian aspect solely since September however made a rapid mark because the staff overcame a sluggish begin to the match in Cameroon to attain the ultimate.
They eradicated Cameroon on post-match penalties on the finish of a troublesome bodily tussle on Thursday however Queiroz was red-carded for persistent bickering from the touchline, wanting to be in an agitated state from the beginning of the sport.
He stated afterwards that the referee, Bakary Gassama, had intimidated his aspect from even earlier than the beginning of the match however the Gambian official has since been recommended by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for his dealing with of the sport.
“CAF doesn’t respect Egypt, from the schedules to the standard of the pitches — we had the worst pitches. We are Egypt,” Queiroz stated after the sport.
Queiroz, whose assistant had already been banned after the earlier recreation, would have been anticipated to behave higher, given his appreciable expertise at main tournaments, together with three successive World Cups and training on the Asian Cup, Copa America and Africa’s championship.
Queiroz, who was Alex Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United and in addition the coach at Real Madrid, took cost of Portugal on the 2010 World Cup finals and Iran in 2014 and once more in 2018.
This is his second Cup of Nations finals, having acquired to the quarter-finals with South Africa in Mali 20 years in the past.
He misplaced within the Asian Cup semi-finals with Iran in 2019 –- his final recreation in cost of them after an eight-year stint — and the identical yr was at Copa America with Colombia, the place they had been eradicated on post-match penalties within the quarter-finals.
Progress to Sunday’s last comes after shrugging off a volley of criticism from Egypt after they had been crushed of their opening recreation on the match by Nigeria.
It has since been confirmed that he shall be staying within the job for the World Cup qualifying playoffs subsequent month, when he has an opportunity to guarantee a return to a fourth successive World Cup.
(Writing by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Clare Fallon)