Brazilian taccoach tician Rogerio Micale
The EFA said in a short statement on Facebook that Micale, a former coach of Saudi side Al-Hilal and UAE’s Al Dhafra, will be the new coach for the Olympic team without disclosing any further details.
Reports in Egyptian media suggested that the official unveiling of the new coach will be at a press conference on Wednesday.
The 53-year-old Micale will be succeeding former coach Shawky Gharib who was sacked earlier in February with the EFA citing the lack of engagements in the present year as the main reason at the time.
Gharib was named as the U23 team coach in September last year for a third spell, but he did not play a single game with the young Pharaohs.
Under the guidance of Gharib, Egypt got their first ever bronze medal as they finished third in the 2021 U20 World Championship. He also led the team to the 2019 U23 Africa Cup of Nations title to qualify for the quarter-finals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
A prominent achievement in Micale’s coaching career was guiding the Brazilian Olympic football team to clinch the gold medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
He also guided Brazil’s U-20 national football team to win the silver medal at the 2015 World Championship.
The first challenge for Micale with the Egyptian team will be at the U23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The U23 Africa Cup of Nations will take place next year and the top three teams are set to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
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