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Former Egypt defender Hany Ramzy takes charge of modest club

Ahram Online , Friday 12 Feb 2016
Hany Ramzy
File photo of former Egypt defender Hany Ramzy

Hany Ramzy, who is widely considered as one of Egypt’s best ever defenders, is still looking for managerial success as he was appointed the new coach of struggling outfit Ittihad El-Shorta on Friday.

The 46-year-old replaces former Ahly boss Fathi Mabrouk who was shown the door by El-Shorta, a police-owned club, after failing to end their winless run in the Egyptian Premier League.

El-Shorta lie third from bottom in the table with 10 points from 17 matches.

Ramzy, who played for Werder Bremen and Kaiserslautern in a long successful playing career in Germany, has had little success since becoming a coach following his retirement in 2005.

He failed to make a notable impact in two spells with Egyptian Premier League side ENPPI and he also had short tenures in charge of Wadi Degla and Belgian club Lierse.

He stepped down as ENPPI’s coach last month following a string of poor results.

Ramzy’s best achievement was guiding Egypt’s U-23 side to a quarter-final place at the 2012 London Olympic Games in London, where they were given a reality check after slumping to a 3-0 defeat by Japan at Manchester United’s Old Trafford.

He made 123 international appearances and was part of the last Egypt side to make a World Cup appearance – in 1990 in Italy. He also captained the Pharaohs team that won the 1998 African Cup of Nations in Burkina Faso.

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