Carlos Queiroz to be sacked after 5 months?

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Scroll through the gallery to see Salah in action
Scroll through the gallery to see Salah in action against Nigeria

Former South Africa head coach Carlos Queiroz job is reportedly on the line despite Egypt only hiring him five months ago. 

The ex-Manchester United assistant coach was hired in September 2021 to replace Hossam El-Badry, who was sacked earlier that week. 

With the Africa Cup of Nations underway, many media outlets and pundits suggested that the Pharaohs were one of the tournament’s favourites but they subsequently suffered a defeat in their opening fixture against Nigeria with Kelechi Iheanacho's strike proving to be the difference. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see Salah in action against Nigeria

With the pressure on the Portuguese head coach to deliver in their next match against Guinea-Bissau, Egypt Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhi, sent a strong message to Queiroz.  

“Queiroz was hired to lead the team at a difficult time, we talked about priorities with him, World Cup qualification comes first, but Africa Cup of Nations is very important as well,” Sobhi said, per Goal via Kingfut. 

“His salary is $90,000 per month, it’s average, and we are not thinking about changing our coaching staff right now, but if we fail to qualify from the group stage we will consider it for sure.”

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The 68-year-old manager took to social media on Thursday to call for unity and issued a statement to rally the country behind the team after the disappointing loss.

"We feel hurt and sad, no doubt about that because we always want to perform well and deliver happiness to our Fans, Friends, and Families," the statement read on Twitter.

"We are proud of our commitment and we want to make people proud of us. 

"Tough moments show the really tough guys standing up together, more united and stronger.

"Tough moments show one team united and ready to fight harder, perform better and succeed always.

"Lads, lets move forward to our responsibility and major goals!" 

Here are the EPL stars who were called up to the Africa Cup of Nations 

Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) - Senegal
Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) - Senegal
Alex Iwobi (Everton) - Nigeria
Alex Iwobi (Everton) - Nigeria
Frank Onyeka (Brentford) - Nigeria
Frank Onyeka (Brentford) - Nigeria
Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) - Ghana
Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) - Ghana
Imran Louza (Watford) - Morocco
Imran Louza (Watford) - Morocco
Cheikhou Kouyate (Crystal Palace) - Senegal
Cheikhou Kouyate (Crystal Palace) - Senegal
Bertrand Traore (Aston Villa) - Burkina Faso
Bertrand Traore (Aston Villa) - Burkina Faso
Maxwel Cornet (Burnley) - Ivory Coast
Maxwel Cornet (Burnley) - Ivory Coast
Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) - Senegal
Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) - Senegal
Yves Bissouma (Brighton & Hove Albion) - Mali
Yves Bissouma (Brighton & Hove Albion) - Mali
Sadio Mane (Liverpool) - Senegal
Sadio Mane (Liverpool) - Senegal
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) - Egypt
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) - Egypt
Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) - Mali
Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) - Mali
Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) - Nigeria
Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) - Nigeria
Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) - Ghana
Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) - Ghana
Mahmoud Trezeguet (Aston Villa) - Egypt
Mahmoud Trezeguet (Aston Villa) - Egypt
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) - Ivory Coast
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) - Ivory Coast
Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) - Nigeria
Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) - Nigeria
Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) - Egypt
Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) - Egypt
Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) - Algeria
Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) - Algeria
Naby Keita (Liverpool) - Guinea
Naby Keita (Liverpool) - Guinea
Thomas Partey (Arsenal) - Ghana
Thomas Partey (Arsenal) - Ghana
Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal) - Ivory Coast
Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal) - Ivory Coast
Hannibal Mejbri (Manchester United) - Tunisia
Hannibal Mejbri (Manchester United) - Tunisia
William Troost-Ekong (Watford) - Nigeria
William Troost-Ekong (Watford) - Nigeria
Adam Masina (Watford) - Morocco
Adam Masina (Watford) - Morocco
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) - Gabon
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) - Gabon
Eric Bailly (Manchester United) - Ivory Coast
Eric Bailly (Manchester United) - Ivory Coast
Ulrick Eneme Ella (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Ulrick Eneme Ella (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Said Benrahma (West Ham United) - Algeria
Said Benrahma (West Ham United) - Algeria
Omar Rekik (Arsenal) - Tunisia
Omar Rekik (Arsenal) - Tunisia
Ismaila Sarr (Watford) - Senegal
Ismaila Sarr (Watford) - Senegal
Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - Morocco
Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - Morocco