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Ex-Egypt boss Shawky Gharib: National team experiment a big lesson for me

Shawky Gharib, the former Egyptian national team manager, made a few comments after his sacking, revealing the ‘big lesson’ he learned during his time in charge.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) officially confirmed on Wednesday that national team head coach Shawky Gharib’s contract was terminated after he failed to qualify the Pharaohs to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Gharib revealed in television remarks that he had already discussed leaving his post with EFA president Gamal Allam following Egypt’s losses against Senegal and Tunisia in the first two games of their qualifying campaign.

“I sat down with Gamal Allam, the EFA president, after losing the first two games against Senegal and Tunisia and I was open to the idea of me leaving and bringing a new coach in if it was for the good of the national team,” said the former Ismaily and Smouha manager.

Shawky Gharib, who was the Pharaohs’ assistant coach under former manager Hassan Shehata during their three-peat African Cup of Nations triumphs between 2006 and 2010, replaced American coach Bob Bradley following Egypt’s failure to reach this year’s World Cup finals in Brazil.

Egypt also won bronze at the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup under the 55-year-old tactician, the country’s lone medal at a FIFA-sanctioned event.

Gharib mentioned he was saddened that his ‘history’ with the national team was forgotten after a couple of bad results: “The thing that hurt me most was that my history with the Egyptian national team was shortened by a loss or an exit from a championship.”

“I accept criticism in substitutions, formations and choices, however, being offensive is not acceptable.”

He concluded his statements by saying: “My experiment with the national team is a big lesson for me, where I gained how to become strong in tough situations.”

The Egyptian national team finished third in Group G behind Tunisia and Senegal, and failed to qualify to the 2015 AFCON after only collecting 6 points from 6 matches.

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