Carlos Queiroz has announced his retirement from the Egyptian national team after failing to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The Pharaohs lost 3-1 on penalties to Senegal in a World Cup play-off qualifier on Tuesday evening in Dakar.
Senegal won 1-0 after 120 minutes and 1-1 on aggregate, just weeks after Senegal defeated Egypt on penalties in the Africa Cup of Nations final. Liverpool’s Sadio Mane scored the winning penalty kick.
Mohamed Salah, Ahmed Sayed Zizo, and Mostafa Mohamed missed In the shootout.
After failing to lead Egypt to their fourth-ever World Cup, the former Real Madrid manager has now ended his brief tenure in charge of the national team after seven months.
‘Dream is over,’ Queiroz tweeted. My heartfelt gratitude to Egypt Federation for the opportunity to coach the National Team.
‘To all my players and staff, my heartfelt gratitude and recognition,’ he added. ‘You will always have a special place in my heart.’
‘It was an honor to work alongside and be assisted by such devoted and talented experts, as well as good friends.’
‘Nothing in my life would be possible without you,’ he ended. ‘I’m quite pleased of you guys.
‘To all Egyptian fans, my warmest wishes and heartfelt gratitude. ‘Towards the future.’
The former Portugal manager managed a mixed Nations Cup campaign, with Egypt reaching the final but being chastised for their conservative and harsh approach.
The 69-year-fiery old’s touchline approach sparked controversy, and he was suspended for the final after getting sent off in the semi-final triumph against hosts Cameroon after passionately protesting to the referee that one of his players had been assaulted.
Queiroz worked as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United for two years and has also managed the national teams of Colombia, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as his own Portugal