Colombian manager Jorge Luis Pinto has confirmed he is in talks with the Egyptian Football Association to sound out the possibility of taking over the Egyptian national team in the coming period.
The Egyptian FA have been seeking the availability of several coaches to succeed Argentine manager Hector Cuper who left his post as Egypt head coach after the end of the Pharaohs’ disappointing campaign in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, were they finished bottom of Group A after three defeats against Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia.
The EFA released a shortlist of four names to replace Cuper, featuring Jorge Luis Pinto, Quique Sánchez Flores, Javier Aguirre and Vahid Halilhodžić.
“It is true that I met the president of the Egyptian Football Association in Moscow, we are in talks to see the possibility of being the coach of the Egypt team,” Pinto said via his Twitter account.
Es cierto que me reuní con el presidente de la federación egipcia de fútbol en Moscú, estamos en conversaciones para ver la posibilidad de ser el técnico de la selección de Egipto.
— Jorge Luis Pinto A. (@JorgeLPintoA) July 25, 2018
Pinto led the likes of Costa Rica, Colombia and Honduras. He won two Copa Centroamericana titles in 2005 and 2013 with Costa Rica, he also almost led Honduras to the 2018 World Cup before losing to Australia in the playoffs. The 65-year-old manager was named as CONCACAF and Colombia’s best coach of 2014
A committee consisting of EFA board members Magdy Abdel-Ghany, Essam Abdel-Fatah, and Hazem Emam will assess the managerial options.
Credit: King Fut