BREAKING: Egypt’s South African performance analyst QUITS on eve of AFCON!

Egypt national team performance analyst Michael Loftman has announced his departure from his role on the eve of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

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After Carlos Queiroz took charge of the Egyptian national team in September 2021, Loftman joined his coaching staff as a performance analyst.

The South African spent just four months with the Pharaohs and was part of the team that came fourth in the FIFA Arab Cup and reached the final stage of the 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifiers.

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Loftman, who previously worked with Premier League outfits Watford and Tottenham and South African giants Orlando Pirates, confirmed the news on his Twitter account.

He also revealed the reason behind his decision.

Michael Loftman wished Egypt well at AFCON

In his announcement, Loftman wished the Egyptian national team good luck in their AFCON journey, while expressing his gratitude for his time in Egypt.

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“Best of Luck to the Egyptian National Team at AFCON, it was a fantastic experience living in Egypt working with the National Team,” Loftman wrote.

“This included opportunities to work with some of the best players and staff in the football world and many of the best on the African Continent.

“Before the Arab Cup in December I decided to move back to South Africa to continue my coaching journey in the country I’ve learnt to call home.

“Thank you to all of the local and staff who I worked with in Egypt – it was an important experience both personally and professionally.

“It was a privilege to work across the World Cup Qualifiers and stand for the Egyptian National Anthem.

“I’ll be watching AFCON from home but my footballing spirit will be in Cameroon wishing all of the National teams and players the best,” Loftman concluded.

At the time of publishing it’s unclear what coaching role Loftman may have lined up.

Egypt, who have been drawn in Group D at this year’s delayed AFCON tournament in Cameroon, will play Nigeria on Tuesday, 11 January in their opening match.

Kick-off is scheduled for 18:00 SA time.

The other two countries in the group are Sudan and Guinea-Bissau.

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Best of Luck to the Egyptian National Team at AFCON

It was a fantastic experience living in Egypt working with the National Team. This included opportunities to work with some of the best player’s and staff in World Football, and many of the best on the African Continent. pic.twitter.com/JmhxzgqtwN

— Michael Loftman (@michael_loftman) January 7, 2022

It was a privilege to work across the World Cup Qualifiers, and stand for the Egyptian National Anthem.

I’ll be watching AFCON from home but my footballing spirit will be in Cameroon wishing all of the National teams and players the best. pic.twitter.com/uMDwRQdhTr

— Michael Loftman (@michael_loftman) January 7, 2022

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