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Bob Bradley: Coaching Egypt was the challenge of a lifetime
Recently appointed Swansea boss Bob Bradley gave his thoughts about his tough time coaching the Egyptian national team, calling it the challenge of a lifetime.
Speaking at his unveiling today as new manager of English Premier League club Swansea City, Bob Bradley was made to comment on his time with the Pharaohs.
Asked if a relegation battle in the Premier League be a walk in the park in comparison to his time in Egypt, Bradley said: “It’s different. I’d never call a relegation battle a walk in the park, I’m not naive.
“I needed a job, I wanted club football in Europe but Egypt called me. My goalkeeper coach was Egyptian so we flew over, a few weeks go by and I went back on my own,” the former US Men’s National Team boss revealed.
Bradley had took over the Egyptian challenge with open arms but failed to qualify to the 2014 World Cup after political termoil had haulting the sport’s flow in the country.
“At the end of it, I thought this is the challenge of a lifetime. So I went, the first month I’m trying to get a feel for things, then a couple of months later was Port Said,” Bradley pointed out to the masacre that lead to the lives of over 70 people.
“I was at Cairo Stadium watching another game, but 74 young football fans go to a match and they lose their lives. You’ve had your own tragedies, so I don’t have to say anything about it, you know.
“The league stopped, guys would come into camp, not paid, not knowing what’s happening in their careers and we have a qualifier in a few months.
Despite those circumstances, Egypt managed to in seven out of eight World Cup Qualifiers but a humiliating 6-1 loss in Kumasi ended all hopes of Egypt’s golden generation to get minutes at the World Cup.
“They were an incredible group of guys. People asked why I stayed, but are you kidding? If you’re a leader, you can’t be the first out the door, you’re the first to stand there and say we can do this.
“I loved those players, I’ve had messages from the players this week, great guys. I’m proud of what we did, we won seven of eight qualifiers but we didn’t get there and that won’t go away. I did the same things there I did before, I’ve done after and I will try and do here,” Bradley concluded.