Egypt's coach Bradley heaps praise on Ahly and Zamalek coaches

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 21 Apr 2012

American coach Bob Bradley reveals strong behind-the-scenes support from both Ahly and Zamalek coaches for Egypt's national team, with 16 players already booked for Pharaohs upcoming matches

Bob Bradley
Egypt's head coach Bob Bradley of the U.S. (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's American coach Bob Bradley has hailed both Ahly and Zamalek coaches, insisting that they play a prominent role to ease his mission with the Pharaohs national team.

The seven-time African champions, Egypt, are preparing for 2014 World Cup qualifiers and the 2013 edition of the CAN, and the former USA coach expresses his appreciation for the help by Ahly's Portuguese coach Manuel Jose, his counterpart in the Zamalek team and the former national coach, Hassan Shehata.

"Shehata is a great coach and his previous achievements with the national team motivate us now," Bradley told a TV programme late on Friday.

Egypt won three successive African Cup of Nations under Shehata's helm in 2006, 2008 and 2010, but they failed to reach the World Cup finals; the target that of great importance for Bradley now.

"I am confident that Shehata backs me a lot to reach the World Cup finals. I will invite him soon to the team's camp.

"Also Ahly's coach Manuel Jose gave me his experiences about the best ways of dealing with Egyptian players," added the 54-year-old tactician.

Under American boss Bradley, Egypt won six friendly games, drew twice and lost once (a 2-0 defeat) by five-time world champions, Brazil in November last year.

The Egyptian team is suffering a bit in form as they prepare for upcoming important matches since the Port Said Stadium disaster, where many fans were killed in February, and all domestic football activities were suspended.

Bradley finds camps outside Egypt the only way to overcome that issue.

"The recent training camps were of a great benefit as the harmony increased between our players." So far, says Coach Bradley they picked up 16 players "who will be the major elements of the team in the coming official engagements."

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