Zamalek appoint Franky Vercauteren as new coach

Zamalek appoint Franky Vercauteren as new coach
USM Alger player Mohamed Rabie Meftah (L) fights for the ball with Zamalek Stanley Ohawuchi (R) during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between USM Alger and Zamalek at Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in Algiers, Algeria on 21 June 2017 © BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 23, 2017. 12:00

Zamalek's search for a coach has come to an end as they announced that an agreement with a Belgian coach Franky Vercauteren has been reached.

According to a report from the club's official website, the White Knights have appointed the Belgian mentor for the new season, board member Ahmed Mortada revealed on Tuesday.

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“We agreed with Vercauteren to be our new coach,” said Mortada.

“The coach will arrive in Cairo within two days to finalise the details of the contract which will last for two years.”

Media reports in Cairo reveal that the 60-year-old former Belgium and Anderlecht coach visited the country earlier this month for negotiations as Augusto Inacio's successor.

Inacio left the club after a dispute with the club's chairman Mortada Mansour paving way for the Belgian coach to take over.

Vercauteren led Anderlecht to two Belgian league titles, during the 2005/06 and 2006/07 seasons, and also won the same title with Genk in the 2010/11 season.

Zamalek have had 15 different coaches since the election of President Mansour in 2014, including Ahmed “Mido” Hossam, Hossam Hassan, Manuel Ferreira and Alex McLeish.

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