Egyptian footballing legend Hassan Shehata has been ranked number 14 in the 2010 list of the world's best coaches compiled by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) last week.
President of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) Samir Zaher organised a party Thursday to honour the Pharaohs coach.
The coaching staff took part in honouring their manager alongside national team members like Pharaohs captain Ahmed Hassan and goalkeeper Abdel Wahed Elsayed.
Egypt's coach Shehata shed tears when speaking during the event. “This is a result of all my crew’s efforts. I hope I can continue with the Egyptian team to accomplish the people’s dream of qualifying for the World Cup,” Shehata said.
The winner of three successive African Cup of Nations (CAN) titles confirmed that his team is capable of qualifying for the 2012 CAN and asserted that the team is ready for its clash with South Africa in March.
Zaher reminded Shehata of his footballer number, 14, saying that the number was lucky for the renowned coach.
“This is an honour for Egyptian football,” Zaher said about Shehata’s global placing, adding “We are all happy and waiting for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.”
“Egyptian success is a result of Shehata’s inspiration pushing the team forward. He is like a father for all of us,” Hassan said.