Coaching Egypt 'a dream come true': Hossam Hassan

Ahram Online , Thursday 15 Feb 2024

Egypt national team's new coach Hossam Hassan expressed his immense pride and gratitude on Thursday for being appointed Egypt's new coach, calling it a "dream come true" and stressing the Pharaos's reliance on fans' support to achieve success.

Hossam Hassan
Egypt national team s new coach Hossam Hassan

 

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) named the former prolific goalscorer as the national team's head coach on 6 February, following a disastrous run for the Pharaohs in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2023) under Portuguese tactician Rui Vitoria.

The 57-year-old tactician replaced Vitoria who was fired two days earlier after failing to take the record seven-time AFCON champions past the round of 16, and will remain at the helm of the Pharaohs until 2026, according to EFA President Galal Allam.

"Leading Egypt is a tremendous honour," the 57-year-old Hassan declared at his introductory press conference. "It's a dream that has haunted me for many years and has finally come true.

Acknowledging Egypt's stature as a footballing powerhouse in Africa, Hassan has pledged to build a team worthy of the nation's expectations.

He has acknowledged Egypt's status as a prominent team in Africa and pledged to build a strong national team to fulfill the aspirations of the Egyptian people.

"While interacting with African legends and officials from various federations, I witnessed the immense size and prestige of Egypt. Everyone I encountered held admiration and appreciation for our national team and its rich history. We are a truly great team on the continent, and great teams must always strive to remain great."

"I promise the Egyptians and the political leadership that I will do my utmost to build a strong national team, restore Egypt's rightful place, and fulfill the aspirations of the fans," he added. 

"Indebted to succeed"
 

The former coach of Zamalek, Masry, and Ismaily acknowledged the weight of expectation on his shoulders and emphasized his commitment to bringing success and happiness to the Egyptian people.

"The joy I witnessed in the eyes of Egyptians, regardless of their affiliations, made me feel deeply indebted to them," he confessed. "Their happiness is my priority."

"However, we need everyone's support and understanding," Hassan emphasized. "Patience is crucial, especially as we have a local coaching staff. I urge everyone to rally behind the national team, not just Hossam."

Hassan, Egypt's all-time leading scorer with 69 goals in 178 appearances, also boasts the 16th-most international caps globally (170).

The Pharaohs will have their first test under the guidance of Hassan in the UAE in March when Egypt will participate in an international friendly tournament with Croatia, New Zealand, and Tunisia.

This will be the second international coaching experience for Hassan after he previously led Jordan from June 2013 to July 2014, guiding them to the final round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.

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