Portuguese tactician Rul Vitoria has been appointed the new national team coach of Egypt on a four year contract.
The 52 years old has penned along term deal to handle the Pharaohs; his first task will be to qualify them for AFCON in Ivory Coast. The Pharaohs are in Group D of the qualifiers and kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 win against Guinea before suffering a shocking 2-0 defeat against Ethiopia.
He unveiled this deal as the new coach on Monday via his social media page.
“I am Rul Vitoria, the Egyptian national team coach for the next four years” The former Benfica manager stated.
Rul Vitoria becomes the third man to handle the Pharaohs this year. The first compatriot this year was Carlos Queiroz, who left the job after he was not able to take the nation to the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.
Followed by Ehad Galah who was appointed as the Portuguese replacement but was fired just after three matches in charge, which included a defeat to Ethiopia at the start of 2023 Africa Cup of nations qualifiers and a 4-1 mauling to South Korea in an international friendly.
Vitoria is a highly rated manager, having coached top sides like Benifica, where he won the Portuguese Primeira Liga on two occasions in 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons.
He was voted back-to-back coach of the Portuguese top-tier in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons.
Within a week of his departure from Benifica, Vitoria was hired on a 18-month contract at Saudi Arabia club Al-Nassr FC, ranked second in the Saudi Professional League and his first match was a 5-0 win over second-tier Al-Ansar in the last 32 of the King Cup on January 2019.