Egyptian Football Association (EFA) spokesman Azmy Megahed has confirmed they haven’t chosen a new national team coach, insisting it “won’t be final before Monday.”
Megahed rubbished local reports claiming the EFA have reached an agreement with American coach Bob Bradley.
“These are all rumours. The negotiations are still on about the contract details,” Megahed told Ahram Online.
“Yes, Bradley is the favourite candidate but an agreement hasn’t been reached yet.”
Bradley, 53, who 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, was a candidate for Mexico’s Santos but they preferred their native Benjamin Galindo.
Milovan Rajevac, former Qatar and Ghana coach, has been interviewed by EFA chairman Samir Zaher for Egypt’s top job.
“Serbian Rajevac exaggerated on his financial demands,” Megahed said.
Megahed also revealed that youth team coach Dia’a El-Sayed will take the general trainer post while Zaki Abdel-Fattah will be the goalkeeper coach.
The Pharaohs haven’t played together since the resignation of the country’s most successful manager, Hassan Shehata, last January after failing to qualify for 2012 African Cup of Nations.
Shehata is currently coaching Cairo club Zamalek, succeeding Hossam Hossan.
The Olympic squad, under the helm of Hany Ramzy, replaced the seniors in a meaningless 2-1 loss to Sierra Leone amid their preparation for the 2012 London Games qualifiers. They will host Niger in the last round on 7 October.