Aguirre sacked as president Abou-Rida resigns after Egypt's AFCON exit

Egypt's last-16 exit at the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday proved costly for Javier Aguirre and his staff.

Egypt head coach Javier Aguirre was sacked after the team exited AFCON on Saturday.   -  Getty Images

Egypt sacked head coach Javier Aguirre following their shock elimination in the round of 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Aguirre's Egypt was left stunned on Saturday as the AFCON host lost 1-0 to South Africa in Cairo, where the Pharaohs failed to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2004.

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Afterwards, Egyptian Football Association (EFA) president Hany Abou-Rida announced his resignation and confirmed the departure of the entire technical and administrative staff.

Despite his resignation, Abou-Rida – who also called for members of the board to step down – said he will continue in his position as head of the organising committee of the 2019 AFCON.

Egypt appointed Mexican boss Aguirre following the team's group-stage exit at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Former Japan and Mexico coach Aguirre signed a four-year deal to replace Hector Cuper last year.

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"Of course I am responsible," the 60-year-old reporters post-match on Saturday.

"We are all upset about the early elimination and I bear all the consequences because I chose the players and the formation."

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