Trapattoni and Halilhodzic among candidates for Egypt job

Mohamad Mosselhi , Sunday 30 Nov 2014

Former Italy boss and the ex-Algeria manager Vahid Halilhodzic feature in the list of candidates for the post of Pharaohs' coach

Vahid Halilhodzic
Algeria's national soccer team coach Vahid Halilhodzic (Photo: Reuters)

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) revealed a 21-man list to replace coach Shawky Gharib on Sunday, which included former Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic and ex-Italy boss Giovanni Trapattoni.

Gharib was shown the door on Wednesday after the Pharaohs' failure in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that saw Egypt miss the continental tournament for the third time in a row.

Vahid Halilhodzic is at the top of the list that also includes Senegal coach Alain Giresse and former Burkina Faso manager Paulo Duarte.

Former Italy, Ireland and Bayern Munich coach Giovanni Trapattoni has the strongest record of the contenders, while Halilhodzic shone in his performance with Algeria in the last World Cup, helping the Fennecs reach the round of 16 for the first time.

The reasonable financial demands of Giresse and Duarte also put them in good stead.

Like Halilhodzic, French coach Pierre Lechantre has African experience, having coached Cameroon, Mali and several African clubs.

The EFA has yet to reveal the date for announcing the name of the new coach.

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