After five years of foreign coaches at the helm, demands were made to appoint an Egyptian coach with a proven track record of winning trophies, and capable of commanding the respect of the players to replace Javier Aguirre.
Hossam El Badry ticked all the boxes and is the man the Egyptian Football Federation (EFF) and the fans believe can lead ‘The Pharaohs’ back to the glory days as he was appointed the head coach in September 2019.
“People here have faith that a local coach can lead them to glory,” said El Badry in an interview with FIFA.
“Our biggest achievements came at the hand of Egyptian coaches; the late Mahmoud El Gohary took us to the World Cup after decades of absence and Hassan Shehata led us to three straight continental titles.
“I can promise them that we in the technical team will do our very best to achieve the desired success and fly our flag high whenever we compete,” added the 60-year-old mentor, who enjoyed considerable success with Al Ahly as both an assistant and head coach.
Following’s Egypt’s failure to go all the way and win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on home soil, El Badry is confident that he restore the confidence of players and fans.
“There were a few meetings where I shared my perspective and working methods. I proposed targets that we need to achieve, foremost among which was qualification for the 2022 World Cup and the next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, in addition to building a team that can last for years.
“I started my coaching career 32 years ago and have won 32 titles, ten of which as head coach (nine with Al Ahly and one with Al Merrikh).
“One challenge is to restore that confidence. I’m convinced we have mentally adept players, all of whom have experienced tough times like these.
“They all possess qualities that will help them come back stronger. I also have complete faith in their ability to shoulder their national team responsibilities and to regain the fans’ trust,” concluded El Badry.
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi