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'We needed more luck': Egypt coach Bob Bradley

The Pharaohs won seven out of eight games during the qualifiers but it wasn't enough to get them through to the 2014 World Cup; Bradley apologises to nation

Ahram Online, Tuesday 19 Nov 2013
Bob Bradley
American Bob Bradley, the head coach of Egypt's national soccer team (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt coach Bob Bradley has apologised to Egyptians after the national team failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

"We wanted to bring happiness to the Egyptian people but we couldn't. I apologise again," the American tactician told a TV sports programme after a Tuesday game against Ghana which sealed the team's fate. The media conference after the game was cancelled due to security measures.

Bradley was hired in November 2011 with the target of taking Egypt to the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

The Pharaohs had a perfect run during the group stage, claiming six wins out of six games, but stumbled against Ghana, who went through with a 7-3 aggregate.

"We needed more luck at several occasions. We won seven out of our eight games during these qualifiers but that wasn't enough," Bradley said.

The 55-year-old coach has now come to the end of his spell with Egypt, as his contract expires at the end of the qualifiers.

Bradley had a brief moment with his players in the dressing room to say goodbye.

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20-11-2013 10:33am
No Bradley we did not need luck, we needed a better manager
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12-12-2013 06:44pm
it was luck
Egypt won all but one of its games, as did Ghana. Bradley can't help it that in the games Ghana won against other teams, they crushed them, driving up their aggregate. I suppose Egypt could have crushed their teams more decisively, but you know how soccer can be. This is the kind of game where the USA can beat Spain (while its got its legendary 3 trophy team on the field) 2-0 (also coached by Bradley). Shit happens, and Ghana beat Lesotho 7-0 and Sudan 4-0.

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