Hossam Hassan takes charge as Egypt's new head coach

Ahram Online , Tuesday 6 Feb 2024

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) have appointed former Egypt striker, Hossam Hassan, as the new national team coach following an emergency meeting held on Tuesday.

Egypt icon Hossam Hassan
Egypt icon Hossam Hassan


Hossam will be accompagnied with his twin brother Ibrahim as team director.

The decision to replace Portuguese tactician Rui Vitoria with Hossam Hassan comes in the wake of Egypt's disappointing performance at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The seven-time Africa champions failed to secure a single victory throughout the tournament and were eliminated in the round of 16 after a penalty shootout loss to DR Congo, prompting Vitoria's dismissal.

While French coaches Herve Renard and Sebastien Desabre were among the candidates considered for the position, it was Hossam Hassan, currently coaching at Modern Future FC, who emerged as the frontrunner.

Hassan, a former star player for Ahly and Zamalek, brings a wealth of experience to the national team. The 57-year-old former striker has managed several clubs in Egypt, including Zamalek, Pyramids FC, Ismaily, Masry, and has also guided the Jordan national team.

Having won the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) three times with Egypt, Hossam Hassan holds the record as the Pharaohs' all-time leading goal scorer with 68 goals.

Hossam Hassan's appointment marks the third coaching change made by the EFA in the past two years, following Ehab Galal's replacement of Carlos Queiroz and Rui Vitoria's subsequent arrival three months later.

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