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Egyptian Football Association president Allam admits Galal hire was about cutting costs

Egypt national team coach Ehab Galal appears to be on his way out the door after his team followed up Egypt’s 2023 AFCON qualifying defeat to Ethiopia with another poor performance in a 4-1 friendly defeat to South Korea. Egyptian Football Association president Gamal Allam did nothing to dispel the rumors surrounding Galal’s job security when he appeared on Egyptian television and admitted that not only are the EFA examining foreign coaches to bring in but also acknowledged that Galal was brought in as a cost saving measure.

“We are looking to correct our mistake”, said Allam before revealing that “I asked the man in charge of money at the federation whether we had dollars in the safe to pay for another foreign coach. He told me we didn’t.” Allam explained that Galal was bringing in less than a third of what predecessor Carlos Queiroz was paid which amounted to around $127,000 per month. In his piece on Allam’s comments, The National’s Hamza Hendawi mentions that Egyptian media is reporting that the embattled EFA president will be stepping down later this week when a replacement is announced for Galal.