Former United States football coach, Bob Bradley, arrived in Cairo on Wednesday morning and is set to meet Egyptian Football Association (EFA) officials to finalise contract details for his new job as manager of the Egyptian national team.
The meeting was supposed to be held on Tuesday but Bradley’s arrival was delayed due to flight ticketing problems.
“We selected Bradley to coach the Egyptian national team after many meetings with other foreigners recently,” the association chairman, Samir Zaher, said earlier this week.
The EFA interviewed many foreign coaches including Colombian Fancisco Maturana, Serbian Zoran Filipović, Frenchman Hervé Renard and Portuguese Nelo Vingada.
The 53-year old manager will succeed legendary coach Hassan Shehata who led Egypt to three successive African Cup of Nations (ACN) trophies but failed to ensure qualification for the 2012 tournament.
The Olympic youth team, under the helm of Hany Ramzy, is representing the Pharaohs in the two meaningless 2012 ACN qualifiers that remain. They were defeated 2-1 by Sierra Leone and will host Niger in the last round.
It’s expected that the former Chicago Fire and MetroStars manager will be assisted by youth team coach, Dia’a El-Sayed, who will take the post of general trainer, Amr Abou El-Ezz, who will become the administrative manager, and former Zamalek doctor, Mostafa El-Mounaiery, who will take the medical manager position.