Uzbekistan Football Federation have appointed former Egypt coach, Hector Cuper as the new coach of their national team for the 2022 World Cup.
Cuper was sacked by Egypt after an awful outing at the Russia 2018 World Cup here the Pharaohs lost all three group games after returning to the World Cup in 22 years.
The Argentine tactician is now been saddled with the responsibilities of guiding the Uzbekistan team to its first-ever FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022 as they missed out of Russia 2018 has pushed for a place at the last two tournaments. Only a penalty shootout denied them a place in an Intercontinental Play-off on the road to Brazil 2014, while just goal difference saw them miss out on another place in Asia’s play-off this time around.
This will be Cuper’s third spell as a national team coach after his stints with the Georgia national team before he took over as Egypt coach and also won the CAF coach of the year in 2017. He also coached Valencia and Inter Milan at club level.
His first competitive challenge will be the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. Placed in Group F, they will face Japan – Asia’s top performers in Russia, Oman and Turkmenistan.