Egypt manager Hector Cuper has resigned following his side’s World Cup exit at the group stage of the tournament.
Appearing at the world’s football showpiece for the first time in 28 years, Egypt suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of eventual Group A leaders Uruguay in their opening game.
The loss was followed by a 3-1 thumping by hosts Russia before Suadi Arabia condemned them to a 2-1 defeat on Monday in their final tie.
The Pharaohs World Cup build-up was dominated by Mohamed Salah’s shoulder injury that he sustained in the Liverpool’s UEFA champions league final clash against Real Madrid.
Salah was however able to make his mark at the competition with a penalty goal against Russia when he came on off the bench and another against Saudi Arabia. His efforts all came short as they turned out to be mere consolations.
On the other hand, Cuper was to be out of contract with the Egyptians by the end of the World Cup. Nonetheless, sources close to the 62-year-old Argentine indicate that negotiations with the Egypt Football Association (EFA) were underway prior to the competition.
Speaking after their loss Saudia Arabia, the former Valencia and Inter Milan manager said he would "see what will happen" ahead of a meeting with the EFA.
The EFA said: "We held a meeting after returning from Russia and the entire board decided to say thank you to Cuper and his technical staff.”
"We appreciate the work from the coach, from reaching the Africa Cup of Nations after three years of absence and taking Egypt to the World Cup after 28 years of absence."
Since his appointment in March 2015, Cuper guided the Pharaohs to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals where they lost to Cameroon and a slot at the World Cup after nearly three decades.