Egypt head coach Carlos Queiroz has departed his post as Pharaohs’ coach after the North Africans were defeated 3-1 on penalties by Senegal on Tuesday in their World Cup playoff.
A day after the decisive defeat, the 69-year-old posted a goodbye message to the players and staff of the Egypt federation.
The loss, which came after a 1-0 defeat on the day and a 1-1 draw on aggregate, came just after the North Africans were defeated by Senegal on penalties in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The two defeats were eerily similar, both coming on penalties and both finished off by a spot-kick from Sadio Mane.
Failure to reach the World Cup—which would have been Egypt’s fourth appearance on the global stage—brings to a premature close the Portuguese coach’s time at the helm of the national side, with the ex-Real Madrid manager paying tribute to his charges on social media after the match.
“Dream is over. We tried our best but this was not enough. From the bottom of my heart, my gratitude to the Egypt Federation for this honor of coaching the National Team,” he took to his social media pages.
Queiroz, who was appointed national team boss in September 2021 joins Algeria’s Djamel Belmadi, Democratic Republic of Congo’s Hector Cuper, and Nigeria’s Augustine Eguavoen on the exiting coaches’ list in a space of two days.