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Record international cap holder Ahmed Hassan set to join Egypt staff
Amidst speculation of his retirement from football, 38-year-old Zamalek midfielder Ahmed Hassan, who signed a one-year contract extension with the Whites in the summer, is expected to be named Egypt’s team director in the new management staff of recently-appointed coach Shawky Gharib.
Should he be confirmed as Egypt team director – the official announcement is set to be made on Thursday – the veteran midfielder would be expected to announce his retirement to a legendary 18-year career.
Egypt coach Gharib reportedly recommended to have his former Egypt team-mate Alaa Nabil as assistant manager, while including Osama Nabih (current Zamalek assistant manager) and ex-Benfica star Abdel Sattar Sabry for coaching roles, according to FilGoal.
The former Egypt captain eventually lost his spot with the national team under Bob Bradley; however, he remains the world’s most capped player having amassed 184 games for the Pharaohs. Hassan has won four African Cup of Nations titles and was the tournament’s best player in 2006 and 2010.
Ahmed Hassan spent 10 years playing in Europe where he flourished, winning the Belgian League with Anderlecht after which he returned to Ahly for a three-year spell. With Al Ahly, he won three Egyptian Premier League titles while helping the team lift the African Champions League trophy in 2008. He recently helped rivals Zamalek, whom he joined in 2011, win the Egypt Cup – their first trophy in five years.