Wednesday 22 November 2017, 14:37

Bauza sacked as Saudi Arabia coach

  • Edgardo Bauza coached Saudi Arabia in five friendlies

  • The team won two matches and lost three under his leadership

  • He replaced Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk on 14 September 2017

After just five matches in charge of the Saudi Arabian national team, the Saudi Arabia Football Federation announced that they have sacked head coach Edgardo Bauza.

The Argentinian replaced Bert van Marwijk just over two months ago, but the country's Member Association have decided to go in a different direction, having undergone a period of evaluation on Bauza's time with the team.

Bauza's short stint in charge of the Saudis included a 2-0 victory over Latvia and a 5-2 win over Jamaica, but also defeats to Ghana (3-0), Portugal (3-0) and Bulgaria (1-0); the last two during FIFA's latest international fixtures window.

The decision comes a few days before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Final Draw takes place in Moscow on 1 December, where Saudi Arabia will be in Pot 4.

Van Marwijk helped the Green Falcons qualify for Russia 2018, which will be their fifth FIFA World Cup and first since Germany 2006. Saudi Arabia will be attempting to surpass their greatest performance at the world finals, which came at USA 1994 when they reached the Round of 16, only to lose to Sweden 3-1.

The federation have not announced Bauza's replacement.