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Egypt's floundering club Ismaily name Bosnian Jovic as new coach

Ismaily, who made a host of summer signings that did not pay dividends, will need Jovic to make a drastic impact if they are to get back on track

Ahram Online , Saturday 30 Jan 2021
Dragan Jovic
File photo of Bosnian coach Dragan Jovic (Photo: Ismaily's official website)
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Egypt's stuttering club Ismaily named Bosnian Dragan Jovic as their new coach on Friday as they seek to rescue their season after a disastrous start to their Premier League campaign.

The 57-year-old takes over following a tumultuous period for Ismaily, who have been guided by two caretaker managers since they sacked Brazilian coach Heron Ferreira in December following two draws and a defeat in their opening three league games.

"Jovic has a great desire to turn around the fortunes of Ismaily," the club, which did not disclose the deal's details, said in a statement.

Ismaily, who made a host of summer signings that did not pay dividends, will need Jovic to make a drastic impact if they are to get back on track.

The three-time champions lie second from bottom in the league table with seven points from eight matches.

They have opened talks with Cairo giants Ahly and Zamalek to sign some of their out-of-favour players on loan, although no deals have materialised yet.

Jovic began his managerial career in his homeland, where he led Bosnia's Zrinjski Mostar to the domestic league title in 2009.

He enjoyed a highly successful spell with Angola's Primeiro de Agosto in recent years, guiding them to three league titles and two cup triumphs.

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