Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Reports say Bradley accepts Egypt job
By Scott French
Bob Bradley has a new job, according to reports, accepting an offer to take charge of Egypt's national team.
MENA, the Egyptian state news agency, first reported that the former U.S. national team coach, dismissed at the end of July, will lead the Pharaohs toward the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Other Egyptian news outlets also reported that Bradley, who is based in Manhattan Beach, has taken the position, but there has been no confirmation from Bradley's agent, Ron Waxman.
Bradley, who interviewed last month with Egypt's federation, told CNN Arabic in late August, according to Cairo-based newspaper Al-Ahram, that he “can lead Egypt to qualify” for the 2014 championships. The Pharaohs have won a record seven African Cup of Nations titles, including the last three, but have played in just two World Cups, in 1934 and 1990.
Egypt was eliminated a week and a half ago from contention for next year's Cup of Nations.
“The Egyptian team is well qualified to be a dangerous opponent, but it lacks some organization on the field,” Bradley said, according to Al-Ahram. “Egyptian players are talented.”
Bradley, who guided the U.S. to the knockout stage of last year's World Cup in South Africa, led the Yanks to a 3-0 victory over Egypt at the 2009 Confederations Cup.