CAIRO – Egypt's Mexican coach Javier Aguirre was sacked hours after the highly-fancied 'Pharaohs' suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of lowly South Africa in Saturday night's Afcon Round of 16 match in Cairo.
At the post-match press conference, Aguirre hinted that his job was on the line. However, he was later sacked by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) president Hany Abou-Rida who also resigned along with several other officials.
"I take full responsibility. It was a balanced game with many chances for both sides. South Africa scored and won and that's football. They have a great defence," said Aguirre.
"I'm proud of my players and satisfied with my choices. I don't know what will happen in the future regarding my career.
"We are all upset about the early elimination and I bear all the consequences because I chose the players and the formation."