Football

Héctor Cúper set to return to Africa

Several reports suggested that the Argentine coach who steered Egypt in the 2018 FIFA World Cup is close to taking charge of the DR Congo national team.

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Héctor Cúper set to return to Africa
KAI PFAFFENBACH REUTERS

Argentine coach Héctor Cúper who coached Egypt's national team between 2015 and 2018 is nearing a return to the African continent after being offered a job to coach DR Congo following their failure to qualify for 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.

Cúper's only experience in Africa was with the Pharaohs whom he led to the World Cup finals for the first time in 28 years.

Although Egypt saw off the tournament soon having been knocked out of the group stage where they were competing with Uruguay, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, qualifying for the World Cup finals was an achievement that gave the Argentine veteran much credit in Africa as Egypt hadn't made it to the finals since 1990.

Congo eye making up for the AFCON failure

According to news outlet A Bola, the Congolese Football Federation is close to reaching an agreement with the Argentine coach who has been away from coaching since 2019. Cúper's last job was coaching Uzbekistan national team whom he left in 2019.

The 65-year-old has been offered a job by Zamalek of Egypt which he turned down and preferred to wait for an offer to coach a national team.

Congolese fans hope Cúper can help them make up for the AFCON qualifiers failure by steering them into the 2022 World Cup finals where they share the same qualifiers group with Benin, Madagascar, and Tanzania.