Egypt names Hossam El-Badry as new coach

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has named ex-Al-Ahly manager Hossam El-Badry coach of Egypt’s national team.

El-Badry was chosen from a pool that also included Hossam Hassan, Ehab Galal, Hassan Shehata, and Talaat Yousef after apparently acquiescing to the EFA’s demands.

PharaohsXI had El-Badry as the favorite to land the position more than a month ago, giving him a 30%, Galal 24%, Shehata 23%, Hassan 20%, and Yousef 3%.

Recent reports suggested either Galal or Hassan would get the job but both wanted to choose their own assistants, something the EFA refused.

El-Badry, known in part for rash resignations and public blame of players, was most recently Pyramids FC president.

He’s had three stints as Al-Ahly manager which included a CAF Champions League title in 2013. The team won the title the previous season as well, under Portuguese manager Manuel Jose. Two of those stints resulted in El-Badry resigning due to poor results, while he quit in 2013 because he said he “needs to work in a proper atmosphere to secure my achievements.”

That atmosphere was apparently Al-Ahli of Tripoli, where he survived a shooting following a disappointing league draw. He resigned a month later.

The 59-year-old also managed Sudan’s Al-Merrikh for a season before abruptly resigning.

“I know nothing about El-Badry’s resignation,” said former Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary – a player for Al-Merrikh at the time – about the resignation. “I was surprised by the decision,” he added.

El-Badry’s lone experience at the international level was a disappointing tenure as Egypt’s U23 national team coach. Under his guidance, Egypt crashed out of the group stage of the 2015 U23 Africa Cup of Nations, finishing in last place in what doubled as qualifiers for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

El-Badry will now be asked to guide Egypt to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Egypt’s first qualifier is set for March while the Pharaohs’ opponents have yet to be determined.

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