Former Egypt skipper Ahmed Hassan resigns as Petrojet coach

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 12 Dec 2015

Coach Ahmed Hassan
Coach Ahmed Hassan during the African Nations Cup qualifying soccer match between Egypt against Tunisia in Cairo September 10, 2014 (Reuters)

Veteran midfielder Ahmed Hassan has officially resigned from his post as Petrojet's head coach after the club's poor results in recent matches.

Hassan's resignation comes after just seven matches in the Egyptian Premier League's new season.

In his first managerial spell at the petroleum club, the former Pharaohs skipper led the team to a single win, two draws, and four losses.

"Being unlucky is one of the reasons behind my resignation. I took the decision directly after the loss to Arab Contractors in the league's last round," the 40-year-old coach told an Egyptian television station on Friday.

"The recent contact between the management and other coach is also another reason.

"The team includes outstanding players and they just need some harmony. The new coach will succeed shortly," added Hassan.

Hassan originally announced his retirement in December 2013 after ending an unsuccessful stint with Ahly's arch-rivals Zamalek.

A former star at Kocaelispor, Denizlispor, Gençlerbirligi and Beşiktas, Hassan is one of the few Egyptian footballers to have had a lengthy spell in European football.

He ended his travels at Anderlecht, where he won the Belgian league and Super Cup in 2007, as well as the Belgian Cup in 2008.

Petrojet haven't won a title since sealing promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 2006. Their best achievement was finishing third in the 2008-09 season. 

Hassan served as an assistant to former Egypt coach Shawki Gharib during a failed campaign to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations.

Under Hassan Shehata's leadership, Hassan won four African Cup of Nations trophies -- three consecutively in 2006, 2008 and 2010 -- and also took part in the 1998 championship.

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