The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) is set to meet to name the national team coach who will lead the team’s challenge to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
“President Samir Zaher will announce Egypt’s manager on Wednesday,” EFA spokesman Azmy Megahed told Ahram Online.
EFA interviewed four foreign coaches, Serbians Zoran Filipović and Milovan Rajevac, Colombian Fancisco Maturana, and Bob Bradley of the United States.
“American Bradley and Serbian Rajevac are the closest candidates for the post and there is a vital competition between both of them,” Megahed declared.
The 57-year-old, Rajevac, is a former defender who started his coaching career in 1989 with Serbian side Borac Cacak before he was put in charge of many clubs, including Qatari Al-Sadd and Al-Ahli of Saudi Arabia. He also coached national teams, like Qatar and Ghana, whom, under his helm reached, the last eight of the 2010 World Cup.
Bradley, 53, left his post with the USA last July after leading the side to 43 wins, 25 losses and 12 draws in just over four years.
Bradley’s achievements as the American coach includes leading the team to the 2009 Confederations Cup final - after defeating their Egyptian counterparts 3-0 in the group stage - and also to the last-16 at last year's World Cup in South Africa.
The Pharaohs have been coach-less since early June when the country’s most successful manager, Hassan Shehata, stepped down after being unable to defend his three-successive African Cup of Nations titles after the team failed to qualify for the 2012 competition to be held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
Egypt’s Olympic team, under the helm of Hany Ramzy, have replaced the Pharaohs in the two remaining qualifiers as preparation for the 2012 Olympics. They were defeated 2-1 by Sierra Leone and will host Niger in the last round.