Former Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza has been appointed to lead the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf nation’s Football Association announced on Thursday.
Bauza replaces Mahdi Ali, who resigned following a 2-0 World Cup qualifying loss against Australia in March.
Bauza was in charge of his native Argentina until last month when he was removed after a series of disappointing performances in World Cup qualifiers.
He will now be charged with getting the UAE into their first World Cup since 1990. They are struggling in fourth place in Asian Group B but still hope to secure a playoff spot.
UAE’s next match will be the clash against the already eliminated Thailand on 13 June.
They face Saudi Arabia at home on 31 August, before wrapping up the qualifying campaign with the final matchup with Iran.