VIDEO: Hassan Shehata unveiled as Al Arabi manager
Hassan Shehata was presented by new club Al Arabi yesterday and pledged to do his best to turn things around for the struggling Qatari side but said he has ‘no magic wand’.
Egypt’s longest-serving national team coach and winner of the historic three straight African Cup of Nations titles signed a one-year deal with Al Arabi, who are languishing in eighth place of the Qatari league.
“I have joined a great club where everyone is talking about big things and achievements, but we have take into account that I do not have a magic wand,” Shehata said after signing the deal.
“We are facing a lot of tough challenges; the most important of which is to produce something positive and improve our league position,” the former Zamalek boss told a press conference in Doha.
“I have to admit that competing for the league title is very difficult this season. I think it is a secondary objective for us.”
“We have to focus on our primary objective which is building a good team capable of competing with the top clubs.”
“It is a difficult path but I take this as a challenge,” he said.
Shehata will coach the legendary Moroccan Youssouf Hadji as well as Houssine Kharja, “I have confidence in the bunch of players I have at my disposal.”
Putting pen to paper was not difficult for Shehata as he said ‘negotiations went smoothly’.
“I have been given full powers by the Board of Directors and I know how to deal with the players. I know there won’t be any interference in my work. I believe in working as a team and that is good for the atmosphere in our camp,” said the Zamalek legend.
Recently retired Egyptian international Abdel-Zaher El-Saqua joins Shehata as assistant coach and Egyptian Ahmed Soliman as goalkeeping coach.
Shehata’s debut match will be at home against lowly side Qatar on the 20th of October.
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