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Egypt FA reverses course again, claims new coach will be foreigner
Ahmed Megahed, a member of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), has confirmed that the new national team coach will be a foreigner, effectively putting an end to the rumors suggesting that Hassan Shehata will take over.
The EFA is yet to announce the manager that will take over following the sacking of Shawky Gharib back in November, when he failed to lead Egypt to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
“At first, we believed that a foreign coach is better for the national team in the upcoming period, the stoppage of the league however made things difficult,” Megahed said in televised comments,
“Things are final now, the return of the [Egyptian Premier] league has eliminated the option of having a local coach,” he added.
The EFA pointed out that the halting of the League has had a negative financial effect on the association. Nevertheless, Megahed believes that with the league back in action, things will return back to normal.
The EFA made it clear last month that the new coach will be someone from the recently concluded 2015 AFCON.
Former Senegal manager Alian Giresse has recently been tipped as a possible candidate for the hot-seat.
It is worth mentioning that former coach Shehata, who led the national team to a historic three consecutive AFCON titles, was a potential candidate according to the EFA.
Shehata expressed his desire to return to his former post a few days ago when he talked to the Egyptian press.