Egypt FA calls emergency meeting

Egyptian Football Association president Samir Zaher has called

an emergency meeting of his board after a terrible start to African

Cup of Nations qualifying for the defending champions.

The EFA says on its website that Zaher called the meeting for

Thursday ”to discuss all matters relating to the team” after

Egypt slumped to a 1-0 loss to South Africa on Saturday to stay at

the bottom of its qualifying group.

The Pharaohs, who have won the last three African Cups, have a

single point from three games and look likely to miss out entirely

on the continental championship they have dominated.

The seven-time African champion’s poor run has led to calls for

experienced coach Hassan Shehata to be fired.