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Shehata: I was forced to resign by a ‘government official’

Shehata: I was forced to resign by an ‘important official’

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Former Egypt national team manager Hassan Shehata has revealed that a government official was the reason he quit the Egypt job in 2011.

Shehata has stepped down from his role as Egypt’s head coach after failing to qualify for the 2012 AFCON.  However, the 67-year-old is the Pharaohs’ most successful manager of all time, having won the Africa Cup of Nations three times in 2006, 2008, and 2010.

“I left the post as Egypt coach after I received a phone call from an official in the EFA, telling me to resign because a government official told him to do so,’’ Shehata said in televised comments.

“So, I told him that I will be in his office on the next day to hand in my resignation.

“In the morning, I informed my staff that I will resign to satisfy this official’s request and I terminated my contract by mutual consent and received my full wages,’’ Shehata continued.

“I had to resign because I was scared of this official. I was very gutted to end my journey with national team in this way as it doesn’t suit my achievements with team. However, I was somehow honored after I was awarded the FIFA Order of Merit in 2014,’’ Shehata concluded.

Shehata spent a short spell as Zamalek’s coach in 2011, before managing number of clubs including Qatari side Al-Arabi, Morocco’s Difaâ Hassani El Jadidi, and Egyptian Premier League outfit Arab Contractors.

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