New Egypt’s Coach Hossam El-Badry press conference | VIDEO
Egypt’s new national team coach Hossam El-Badry promised to meet the fans’ expectations by qualifying for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon as well as reaching the 2022 World Cup finals. El-Badry’s statements were made at the Egyptian Football Association’s press conference introducing the coach on Thursday.
“Now I achieved my dream of coaching the national team. This is what I have been waiting for my entire career,” El-Badry said.
“I want to follow in the footsteps of iconic managers Mahmoud El-Gohary and Hassan Shehata and bring home trophies just like they did.”
When he was asked about how he would select the national team squad, El-Badry said the national team suffered from the lack of players in more positions than one and that he would do his best to find the perfect selection.
“I promise to do justice in choosing the national team squad. I also promise to do my best with the technical staff to meet the expectations of the Egyptian football fans,” El-Badry said.
“We need the support of the media. They play an important role in the sports field. We need to achieve something for Egypt and the Egyptian people,” he stressed.
Egypt’s national team, who had been on the lookout for a new coach following the sacking of Mexican tactician Javier Aguirre after quickly exiting the Africa Nations Cup held home in June-July following a 1-0 loss to South Africa in the 16th round, are competing in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers alongside the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
“My target is to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations as well as to reach the 2022 World Cup,” El-Badry said.
“Coaching Egypt’s national team needs more work, and this work needs time.”
National team technical staff:
Head coach: Hossam El-Badry
General managers: Tarek Mostafa and Ahmed Ayoub
Football director: Mohamed Barakat
Assistant coach: Sayed Moawad
Goalkeepers coach: Ayman Taher
El-Badry, who made 18 appearances for Egypt as a player, made his playing career with Ahly for nine seasons between 1978 and1987.
He made his debut in coaching in 2001 under his mentor Portuguese coach Manuel Jose, who was considered the most successful coach in Ahly’s history after leading the Red Devils to 21 titles including four Champions League trophies.
El-Badry took over Ahly’s job on three occasions in 2009-2010, 2012-2013 and 2016-2018, winning four Premier League titles and a Champions League in 2012. He also coached Enppi, Ahly of Tripoli and Al-Merrikh, leading the Sudanese giants to the league title in 2012.