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Official: Shawky Gharib dismissed as Egypt boss following AFCON failure
The Egyptian Football Association have officially confirmed that national team coach Shawky Gharib has been released after failing to qualify to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Shawky Gharib took charge of the Egyptian national team in November 2013, replacing American coach Bob Bradley, after the Pharaohs failed to reach the 2014 World Cup – following a gigantic loss against Ghana in the final qualifying round.
The president of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) Gamal Allam recently confirmed that Shawky Gharib has a term in his contract that he has to qualify to the AFCON. The EFA announced on their official website following a meeting at their headquarters on Wednesday that his contract will now be terminated.
Former Ismaily SC coach Gharib managed the national team in 9 matches, recording 3 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses – the latest of which eliminated Egypt from the 2015 Africa Cup Of Nations for the third consecutive time (after the 2012 & 2013 finals).
Gharib himself previously labelled qualifying to the 2015 AFCON as ‘non-negotiable’ after promising to ‘build a great team that will make Egyptian football proud.’
It is also known that Shawky Gharib contract’s was set to end in 2018, but Egypt will now look for another foreign manager to break their Would Cup qualifying curse. “A foreign manager will be suitable for the next stage,” EFA president Gamal said last week.
Al Ahly’s most successful coach in history Manuel José is rumoured to be a probable candidate to be the Pharaohs’ next manager. The Portuguese manager recently commented on the speculation, saying: “If I was contacted by the Egyptian Football Association, surely I would have to think about it.”
Other managers linked to the post include Hossam El-Badry, Tarek El-Ashry, Milovan Rajevac and Frank Rijkaard.