Monday, October 10, 2011
Bradley adds Abdel to Egypt staff
By Scott French
Bob Bradley watched from the wings as Egypt wrapped up a disastrous qualifying campaign for next year's African Cup of Nations with a 3-0 victory Saturday over Niger, and now he's ready to begin work in earnest.
He'll make his debut, it turns out, in a Nov. 14 friendly against Brazil in Doha, Qatar, with a second meeting set for Feb. 28 in Cairo. The Egyptians' World Cup qualifying campaign begins next June.
The former U.S. national team and Chivas USA coach, who is based in Manhattan Beach, this week added former Egyptian national-teamer Zak Abdel to his staff.
Abdel, 50, who lives in La Verne, was Bradley's goalkeeper coach with the U.S. and Chivas USA. He was goalkeeper coach for seven seasons with the Galaxy and before that served with former pro side L.A. Salsa, amateur powers Orange County Zodiac and Orange County Blue Star and at Cal State Fullerton.
Bradley last month agreed to a deal with the Egyptian soccer federation, with the goal of guiding the Pharaohs to the World Cup for the first time since 1990. Egypt has won a record seven African Cup of Nations titles, including the last three, but finished last in its qualifying group.
The victory over Niger, achieved under Egypt U-23 coach Hany Ramzy, was the Pharaohs' only triumph in the competition.
Bradley's chief assistant will be former Egypt U-20 coach Diaa Al-Sayed.