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Egypt Appoints Record Breaker Hossam Hassan As Head Coach

In a strategic move to revive their national football team's fortunes, Egypt appoints Hossam Hassan as head coach and his brother as team director to lead the charge following the dismissal of Portuguese head coach Rui Vitoria.

Feb 08, 2024205 Shares12801 Views
In a strategic move to revive their national footballteam's fortunes, Egypt appoints Hossam Hassan as head coachand his brother as team director to lead the charge following the dismissal of Portuguese head coach Rui Vitoria.
The Egyptian FootballAssociation announced on Tuesday that Hossam Hassan, the country's all-time top-scorer with 68 goals, will take the reins as the new coach. Vitoria's departure on Sunday came in the wake of the Pharaohs' disappointing performanceat the Africa Cup of Nations, where despite boasting a record seven AFCON titles, Egypt failed to secure a single win and exited the tournament after a defeat to DR Congo in the round of 16.

Hossam, Ibrahim Hassan To Lead Egypt National Football Team

Hossam Hassan wearing a black and red checkered polo
Hossam Hassan wearing a black and red checkered polo
In a bold move aimed at revitalizing the nation's footballfortunes, Egypt has entrusted the leadership of its national team to the dynamic duo of twin brothers, Hossam Hassan and Ibrahim Hassan. Hossam will take on the role of head coach, while Ibrahim will serve as the team director, announced the Egyptian FootballAssociation on Tuesday.
Hossam Hassan, revered as Egypt's all-time leading goal scorer with an impressive tally of 68 goals, steps into the coaching role following the dismissal of Portuguese coach Rui Vitória. The decision came in the aftermath of Egypt's lackluster performance at the Africa Cup of Nations, where the team, winners of a record seven titles, failed to secure a single victory and suffered elimination at the hands of Congo in a dramatic penalty shootout during the round of 16.
A native of Cairo, Hossam Hassan, an illustrious forward, played a pivotal role in securing three Africa Cup titles for Egypt. His playing career included stints with Al Ahly, PAOK in Greece, and Neuchâtel Xamax in Switzerland. Hossam has also ventured into coaching, overseeing various Egyptian clubs and the Jordanian national team.
Ibrahim Hassan, a former defender, joins his brother in steering the team towards a brighter future. Having played alongside Hossam at different clubs, Ibrahim brings his wealth of experience to the role of team director.
Initially considering foreign coaching options, the Egyptian FootballFederation ultimately turned to the Hassan brothers, rejecting speculations linking French coach Herve Renard to the position. Vitória, appointed in 2022 on a four-year deal, faced criticism for failing to harness the team's potential, with Egypt drawing all their group games before succumbing to Congo in the knockout stage.
The team's challenges were exacerbated by the absence of star player Mohamed Salahdue to a hamstring injury and the loss of goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy to a dislocated shoulder. In a symbolic gesture, the Egyptian federation even sacrificed a cow to alter the team's fortunes, but the luck did not turn in their favor.
The disappointments reached a climax when reserve goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal hit the crossbar with his penalty kick in the crucial shootout against Congo, allowing the Leopards to advance to the quarterfinals. Congo has since progressed to the semifinals, where they are set to face host nation Ivory Coast on Wednesday.

Final Thoughts

Egypt has entrusted the leadership to twin brothers, appointing Hossam Hassan as the coach and Ibrahim Hassan as the team director. The Egyptian FootballAssociation's decision, announced on Tuesday, marks a significant change following the dismissal of Portuguese coach Rui Vitória, ousted after the team's lackluster performance at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Despite Egypt's illustrious history with a record seven Africa Cup titles, the 34th edition of the tournament proved to be a bitter disappointment. The team failed to secure a single victory, ultimately bowing out in the round of 16 after a heart-wrenching penalty shootout loss to Congo.
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