Former Egypt coach Hassan Shehata turns down MC Alger job
Former Egypt coach Hassan Shehata has turned down an offer to manage Algerian side MC Alger, citing family reasons.
Algerian news outlets have recently reported that MC Alger were closing in on signing Shehata as their new manager before club’s sporting director Kamel Kaci confirmed that Shehata turned down the job due to “family reasons”.
Kaci also confirmed that MC Alger’s former star striker Rafik Saifi has been appointed as an assistant manager. Meanwhile, former Algeria national team manager Abdelhak Benchikha is expected to be announced as MC Alger’s new manager, succeeding Kamel Mouassa, after talks with Shehata have fallen through.
The three-time Africa Cup of Nations winner has been without a club since leaving Petrojet in April after a series of disappointing results. He has recently confirmed that he was approached by Nigeria and Ghana, but the negotiations broke down.
Shehata had guided Egypt to three successive Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2006, 2008 and 2010 and was also awarded the CAF Coach of the Year in 2008. The 70-year-old, however, has failed to lift a trophy since leaving his post as Egypt coach despite managing giants like Zamalek, Qatari side Al-Arabi, and Morocco’s Difaâ Hassani El-Jadidi.
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