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Shawky Gharib to resign if Egypt fail to reach AFCON – Report

Posted on September 11, 2014

Shawki Gharib

has announced that he will resign from his position as Egypt’s head coach if he fails to lead the Pharaohs to the 2015 African Cup of Nations.

Gharib took responsibility for Egypt’s defeats following the Pharaohs’ 1-0 loss to Tunisia and a 2-0 defeat to Senegal the previous week in the 2015 AFCON qualifiers.

Shawky Gharib told StarAfrica that the negative results as of late have been a consequence of the retirement of a number of former Egyptian stars, naming Mohamed Abou-Treika, Wael Gomaa and Mohamed Barakat.

Senegal and Tunisia currently lie on top of Group G with six points whilst Botswana and Egypt anchor the bottom of the group with zero points.

In a previous interview, Gharib affirmed that qualifying for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in Morocco is “non-negotiable.”

The fans who attended the match in the Air Defense Stadium made it clear, through their chants, that they did not want Shawky Gharib to resume his position as the head coach of the Egyptian national team.

If Egypt fail to reach the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 it would be the third consecutive time that it has happened, which would be a huge blow to the national team that claimed the title three times in a row in 2006, 2008 and 2010.


  1. Shawky Defeat

    September 12, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Gharib took responsibility for Egypt-Senegal defeats
    Gharib took responsibility for Egypt-Tunisia defeats
    Gharib took responsibility for Egypt-Botswana defeats


  2. Ayman, cairo

    September 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    CC took responsibility for Rabia massacre, for all Egypt defeats and World cup failure, for media insulting players like AbuTreika and many more. That’s the real reason, not Gharib.

    • gogi

      September 12, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Fully agree with you!

  3. bob

    September 12, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Gogi and Ayman: Both of you are idiots, mixing politics and sports…no one gives a flying f*** about cc or rabia…we love our national team and want these guys to be the best

    • Ayman, cairo

      September 14, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      How can the Egyptian football players play well with all the political problems. Directly after massacre Egypt lost with the highest score ever in Ghana 1:6 in a decision game. Many players were simply shocked by the events in Egypt, rabaa. Now all Ahly / Zamalek fans and ultras are considered as terrorists by the media and they also insult great player like Abutrieka, Abdelzaher and Ahmed Fathi and many more. How can you concentrate on the football??? these are also only humans!

  4. GameRef

    September 14, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    The egyptian federation should try to bring a european coach.There are many talented or experimented ones who are free now: Roberto Mancini, Trapatonni, Pierre Lechantre (has won ACN with Cameroon),Di Matteo,Rijkard,Bazdarevic(known for his ability to make a low level team grow up),…

    • acai

      September 18, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      There is a British/Egyptian talented coach in the UK. He is the only coach that will make Egypt a great team

      • GameRef

        September 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM

        His name?

  5. Ayman, cairo

    September 15, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    I swear to Allah s,w,t, even with the best European coach on earth, NO coach will be successful under this political circumstances in egypt. No regular football league with no fans, great players in Egyptian history and big fan bases are called devils and terrorists and so on… wake up man, football and general Egyptian sports are over (see World cup failures of basketball, volleyball, handball soon and now football)

  6. GameRef

    September 15, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Are you depressive man?It’s only sport!Many athletes throughout history have made the political problems in their country a source of motivation.Why Egyptians can’t do the same?

  7. GameRef

    September 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    You also have to keep in mind that egyptian football have many structural problems which exist from before the revolution.

    • omar

      September 16, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      i agree one with game ref. Ayman what you have to relies is that many countries around the world have gone through political issues and still maintained their football credibility. Take ivory coast as an example they were going through a civil war at the time they qualified for the 2006 world cup. The egyptian players need to understand that football brings our country together and they have a huge responsibility if they are not up to the challenge then maybe they shouldn’t play. Abu trika is a great example after the massacre in Ghana he packed up and retired he realized he had done everything he can, and we all know very well he could have carried on playing and would have been better than half the squad right now.

      • Larry , USA

        September 18, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        And today Egypt is ranked at 61 after countries like Sierra Lone and Burkina Faso and Cape Verde Islands… what a shame! FU.C.C.

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