Shawki Gharib was named coach of the Egypt national team, the Egyptian Football Association said on Wednesday.
Gharib, the former Egypt midfielder and assistant coach, replaces American Bob Bradley. Bradley’s contract expired at the end of Egypt’s unsuccessful 2014 World Cup qualifying bid earlier this month.
Gharib, 54, had taken over as coach of Egyptian domestic club Ismaily only last month.
He told Reuters: “I am happy with the confidence of the EFA on me. I will do my best to make the fans happy and to build a team capable of achieving the ambitions of the Egyptian people.”
As a player, Gharib won the African Nations Cup with Egypt in 1986, and again as assistant coach to Hassan Shehata in 2006, 2008 and 2010.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cWVTrTzAV4[/youtube]