Exclusive | Bob Bradley: Like all Egyptians, I’m proud
Former Egypt manager Bob Bradley has congratulated the Pharaohs for reaching the final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, saying that he’s proud like all Egyptians.
Led by Argentine manager Hector Cuper, the Pharaohs defeated Burkina Faso on Wednesday 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw to secure their spot in the final of the continental tournament held in Gabon.
“As I watched the game I thought back five years. Like all Egyptians I will never forget,” Bradley told KingFut after Egypt’s semi-final game, which coincided with the fifth anniversary of the Port Said stadium massacre.
Bradley spent two years coaching the Pharaohs despite the domestic football being suspended after the Port Said massacre on Feb. 1, 2012, which left 72 Al Ahly fans dead during an Egyptian Premier League game between Al Masry and Al Ahly.
“But I want to congratulate Hector Cuper, the entire staff and all the players. Like all Egyptians I am proud,” the former US coach added.
The American coach was appointed as Egypt manager in September 2011 – in the midst of political turmoil in the country – hoping to lead Egypt to their first World Cup appearance since 1990. Despite the Pharaohs’ perfect run during the group stage, claiming six wins out of six games, they failed to advance to the 2014 World Cup after losing to Ghana 7-3 on aggregate in a two-legged play-off.
Under Bradley’s leadership, Egypt also failed to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations following a 4-3 aggregate defeat by Central Africa.
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