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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Former UAE manager Edgardo Bauza sacked by Saudi Arabia after two months

Argentine was appointed to lead the team at next summer's World Cup but lasted just five friendly games.

Edgardo Bauza lasted only two months as manager of the Saudi Arabia national team. Octavio Passos / Getty Images
Edgardo Bauza lasted only two months as manager of the Saudi Arabia national team. Octavio Passos / Getty Images

The Saudi football federation on Wednesday dismissed Argentine manager Edgardo Bauza, just two months after he was appointed to lead the team following their qualification to next year's World Cup in Russia.

Federation chief Adel Ezzat said the decision to sack Bauza came after a "comprehensive technical evaluation" and in light of the team's performance in five friendly matches.

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"The decision is in the interest of the national team (and) reflects the high expectations from them," the federation said in a statement.

Bauza was appointed in mid-September, replacing Dutchman Bert van Marwijk, soon after the country sealed qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He had taken up the position following just four months in charge of the UAE national team.

The Saudi federation added that it was looking for a new coach for the national team.