Hassan Shehata expresses interest in reuniting with Egyptian team
The former Egyptian national team coach revealed his interest in reassuming the mantel for the Pharos.
In a series of comments, Hassan Shehata told the Egyptian press that he wishes to lead the Egyptian national team once again after stepping down from the position nearly four years ago.
Despite the Egyptian Football Association’s (EFA) claims that it would select a foreign manager to lead the Pharos last December, the current Al-Moqaouloun al-Arab coach may be close to a possible return for the Pharaohs after Egypt’s leading football body has faltered on closing any deals to bring in a foreign coach.
“I like the fans, I hear the rumors, but there is no formal negotiations between the union and the FA, and the position of coach of Egypt a great honor for any coach who wishes to assume leadership of the team,” said Shehata.
According to the EFA, Shehata is currently one of four potential candidates being considered for the job, but according to FA board member Saif Zahir, the FA is divided over Egypt Olympic coach Hossam El-Badry, Ittihad of Alexandria manager Hossam Hassan and an unnamed foreign coach – after Hervé Renard recently said he won’t be leaving his post as Ivory Coast manager.
“If I do not have a role with the team, I am wholeheartedly with the next coach, but not foreigner,” said Shehata in a televised conference.
He also stated that he wishes to repeat his previous experience with the team, hinting toward his seven-year-long stint that saw Egypt enter a golden age where the Pharos won three consecutive Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournaments from 2006 to 2010.
“Of course I wish to repeat my previous experience,” he said.
Since Shehata’s reign, Egypt has failed to qualify for the past three AFCON tournaments. The Pharos’s long-awaited return to the continental tournament has become a relative benchmark for filling the vacant position since Shawky Gharib’s departure last November after Egypt failed to qualify for this year’s contest.
Saif Zahir reinforced Shehata’s comments and track record with the team. “The first inclination leads to the idea of taking Hassan Shehata’s responsibility, vast experience and achievements in leading the team to win the African Cup three times,” said Zahir to Hayah TV.
The FA is expected to announce Egypt’s new coach this week.
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