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Ex-Bucs coach leaves Egypt days before Afcon

Former Orlando Pirates performance analyst Michael Loftman, who was part of Carlos Queiroz’s technical team in Egypt, has dumped the Pharaohs days before the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Loftman joined the Pharaohs alongside Roger de SA after Quieroz was roped in as head coach.  

However, barely four months after his move, the 32-year-old coach tweeted that he was headed back to South Africa after parting ways with the Egypt national team.

“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.

He continued in the same thread: “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.”

Loftman, who has previously worked in prestigious academies in England, including Watford and Tottenham, further revealed that he was returning to South Africa, where he first arrived in 2018 at the Buccaneers.

“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.”

Loftman, who holds a Uefa A License, has previously had stints in Zambia, where he coached Lusaka Dynamos and Belgian second-tier club Lommel SK.

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