CAIRO – A former Egypt coach called for a military officer to head the Egyptian Football Federation (EFA) after the host nation was knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Egypt's 1-0 loss to South Africa on Saturday led to an immediate purge of Egyptian football officials, taking the gloss off a high-prestige event which Egypt volunteered to host at short notice after Cameroon was stripped of the competition.
"This timing needs discipline that will be found only in the army," Farouk Gaafar, who led the Pharaohs in 1996-1997, told a talk show on Sunday evening.
Asked by the presenter whether a military official should preside over the football federation, Gafaar said; "Of course", adding that the country's soccer administration needed "an iron fist" to be restructured.
"I haven't seen discipline like in the armed forces," said Gaafar, who once coached an Egyptian club run by the military.