Egypt FA to reveal 5-name shortlist for national job

Eslam Omar , Sunday 15 Feb 2015

Pharaohs are searching for a replacement to succeed Shawky Gharib and lead the team to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2018 World Cup

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Ivory Coast's head coach Herve Renard of France looks on during their 2015 African Cup of Nations Group D soccer match against Cameroon in Malabo January 28, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) will announce the shortlist of candidates for the national job on Sunday.

The five candidates are French managers Herve Renard and Alan Giresse, Belgian George Leekens, German Uli Stielike and Dutch Franklin Rijkaard.

The favorite candidate is 46-year-old Renard who has previously led many African national teams.

"We are waiting for the return of Renard from the Ivory Coast where he is being honoured for winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Equatorial Guinea," EFA board member Mahmoud El-Shamy told Ahram Online on Sunday.

"His deal with the Ivoirians ends in June 2016 with a penalty condition of 100,000 euros," El-Shamy revealed. "He receives 35,000 euros plus 15,000 for his assistants."

"He is a very good coach who has won two AFCON trophies, Zambia 2012 then Ivory Coast 2015," he explained.

Another board member, Azmy Megahed, confirmed to Ahram Online that a final list of the five candidates will be announced by the EFA board on Sunday.

"More details about the new Egypt coach will be revealed on the EFA official website on Sunday,” Megahed asserted to Ahram Online.

Record seven-time African champions Egypt set an unwanted record of failing to qualify for the Nations Cup three straight times, having made their last appearance in the 2010 edition in Angola where they lifted the trophy after beating Ghana in the final.

The Pharaohs have been out of action with no leadership since Shawky Gharib’s dismissal in November after failing to qualify for the last AFCON.

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