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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

Former Real Madrid defender Michel Salgado joins Egypt coaching set-up

Former Spain international to link up with Javier Aguirre's squad ahead of Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Niger on September 9

Former Real Madrid defender Michel Salgado is director of football at the Dubai Sports City Football Academy in the UAE. Satish Kumar / The National
Former Real Madrid defender Michel Salgado is director of football at the Dubai Sports City Football Academy in the UAE. Satish Kumar / The National

Former Real Madrid and Spain defender Michel Salgado has been appointed as assistant coach to the Egypt national team.

Salgado, who won 53 caps for his country between 1998 and 2006, joins Javier Aguirre's backroom staff ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Niger in Alexandria on September 9.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced the news in a press release on Monday, revealing that Salgado will be appointed as a third assistant to Aguirre, alongside Spanish assistant coach Tito Garcia Sanjuan and former Egypt international Hani Ramzi.

The former Celta Vigo and Blackburn Rovers right-back resides in Dubai and is director of football at Dubai Sports City Football Academy and is also a La Liga global ambassador.

Egypt disappointed at the World Cup this summer when they exited at the group stage having failed to win any of their three matches in Russia.

Salgado joins the Pharaohs who have yet to win a game since a 2-1 win over Congo last October to clinch a first World Cup berth since 1990.

There is also the added distraction of star player Mohamed Salah's lingering row with the EFA hanging over the squad's preparations.

The Liverpool forward last week set out a list of demands in a letter sent to the EFA regarding his security detail while on international duty as well as use of image rights, calling on for board remembers to resign unless they are met.

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