Egypt Announces Javier Aguirre As National Coach

Egypt Announces Javier Aguirre As National Coach

Javier Aguirre has been made the new coach of Egypt on Thursday regardless of his involvement in a match-fixing investigation in Spain.

Spanish prosecutors announced in February that Aguirre could face two years in prison if convicted in a case involving a total of 41 players and former club officials.

“Everything is cleared,” Aguirre, a former Mexico player and coach said at a news conference in Cairo on Thursday.

The prosecutors alluded to evidence Zaragoza paid 965,000 euros to Levante’s players to lose a game to Zaragoza.

“The case was closed and I don’t know why it was reopened,” the 59-year-old Aguirre said.

Egypt lost all of its three group games at the 2018 World Cup under Argentine Hector Cuper, who was sacked in late June.

“Like in Mexico, there are a lot of expectations and dreams here,” Aguirre said.

Egyptian Football Association chairman Hany Abo Rida said Aguirre has signed a four-year deal with an annual salary of $1.4 million.

Egypt’s first competitive game under Aguirre comes up September 7 against Niger in an African Nations Cup qualifier at home.

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