Friday Sep 20, 2019. 11:00
Egypt have named former Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry as their new manager, ending months of speculation following the sacking of Mexican Javier Aguirre in July.
The Egyptian Football Association made the announcement on its website as El-Badry headed a short-list of five names that also included three-time Africa Cup of Nations champion Hassan Shehata, former national team stars Hossam Hassan and Ahmed Hossam Mido, and Masry coach Ehab Galal.
The 59-year-old former Egypt defender El-Badry had three stints as head coach of Ahly between 2009 and 2018, and has also coached teams in Sudan and Libya.
Egypt were surprisingly knocked out of the Cup of Nations finals they hosted this year in the second round by South Africa.
El-Badry’s first test will be the start of the next round of qualifiers in November, where the Pharaohs have been pooled with Kenya, Togo and Comoros in what should be a straight-forward ticket to the finals in Cameroon as one of the top two teams in the group.