Shawky Gharib gets second spell as Olympic team coach

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Shawky Gharib has been named Egypt Olympic team manager for the second time in his career.

Gharib will be charged with guiding the Pharaohs to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan, for which the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations will serve as qualifiers.

Egypt will host the eight-team competition, in which the top three finishers will advance to Japan.

Gharib, who last coached Egyptian league side Entag El-Harby, first coached the Olympic side during qualifiers for Athens 2004.

The team lost all of its matches, finishing bottom of the group.

The 58-year-old showed promise as a manager when he guided Egypt to the bronze medal at the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina, the Pharaohs’ best-ever achievement at a FIFA event.

In 2004, he was chosen as Hassan Shehata’s top assistant during Egypt’s legendary Africa Cup of Nations threepeat between 2006 and 2010.

The former Ghazl El-Mahalla midfielder finally got his shot at managing Egypt’s senior team in 2013, following the sacking of American tactician Bob Bradley.

Gharib was dismissed after a poor campaign in which Egypt lost two home matches and failed to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Gharib voluntarily met with new manager Héctor Cúper following his sacking, in an effort to convey all the information he had about Egypt’s then-current crop of players and smoothen the transition.

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