Impersonating football coach Shehata, Egyptian man tricks Saudi TV channel

Hatem Maher, Friday 7 Sep 2012

Claiming to be Egyptian football coach Hassan Shehata, a man says he is close to taking charge of Al-Nasr club in a phone call with Saudi sports channel

The fake phone interview
Egyptian head coach Hasan Shehata acknowledges applauds from Egyptís fans in a grandstand as they celebrate their victory over Algeria during their semi final match in the African Cup of Nations CAN2010 at the Ombaka stadium in Benguela on January 28, 2010. (Photo: AFP)

An Egyptian man has tricked a Saudi sports TV channel by impersonating famous coach Hassan Shehata.

The phone caller told the interviewer he was close to taking charge of Saudi Arabia club Al-Nasr, saying only minor details needed to be sorted out to complete the deal.

The interviewer, in an apparent attempt to make sure the caller was Shehata, asked him to comment on Al-Nasr’s recent displays in the Saudi league. In a brief answer, the man said the club needed to perform better, prompting the presenter to rephrase the question to get a better answer, but to no avail.

“My prospects of coaching Al-Nasr are more than 90 percent,” the man, who sounded clearly different to Shehata, said to successfully wrap up the interview.

Shehata has been out of a job since resigning as Zamalek coach last month, following the team’s 1-0 African Champions League defeat by arch-rivals Ahly.

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The fake phone interview


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