Masry names Basri as fifth coach of season

Karim Farouk, Wednesday 4 May 2011

Taha Basri is appointed Masry’s coach following the team’s defeat against Ittihad of Alexandria 3-1 last Monday

Masry new coach Taha Basri

Masry named on Wednesday Taha Basri as the new coach of the Port Said-based club succeeding to Tarek Al-Sawy who failed to keep his job for more than three weeks.

Basry — a former Ismaily and Ittihad of Alexandria coach — will be in charge for just two months until the end of the season.

“My deal is very short. I will be in charge for the remaining 11 games of the season. If the situation is good for me here I might extend my stay,” Basri was quoted as saying.

President Kamal Abou Ali has made his fifth change in the technical staff. Mokhtar Mokhtar started the season followed by Alaa Mayhoub in October for just a month before the arrival of Swiss tactician Alain Geiger, who had to make way for Al-Sawy after the Egyptian uprising in January.

The Masry supremo went on a spending spree last summer, bringing in some of the best talents in the Egyptian Premier League, like Mohamed Abdel-Hakim, Hani Said, Abdel-Salam Nagah and Ahmad Zahran, additional to Burkina Faso international striker Abdoulaye Cisse.

But the money didn’t make the expected impact as the team has been struggling in the league, trailing in ninth place with only 23 points after 19 games.

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