Los Angeles Soccer: Zak Abdel
Bob Bradley's tenure as Egypt's national coach reached an important first Monday: victory.
The Pharaohs routed Kenya, 5-0, in a friendly in Doha, Qatar, their first match since the Feb. 1 tragedy in Port Said, Egypt, in which 74 were killed at the end of a soccer match in what many in Egypt declared a massacre meant to punish fans of powerhouse Al-Ahly, whose hardcore supporters played a vital role in last year's revolution.
Bradley, who won worldwide praise after attending memorial protests in Cairo the day after the tragedy, is holding a camp in Doha in advance of Egypt's World Cup qualifying campaign. He had no players from Al-Ahly and was missing a couple of major figures who play in Europe.
A moment of silence was observed before kickoff.
It was against Brazil, so losing wasn't so unexpected
Jonas Oliveira scored in the 39th and 59th minutes to lead the Brazilians to a 2-0 victory Monday in Doha, Qatar.
It was the first game the Manhattan Beach-based coach has been part of since he was dismissed as U.S. coach in late July, about a month after the Yanks' loss to Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.
Jurgen Klinsmann is 1-4-1 since taking charge of the U.S., with another game Tuesday against Slovenia (ESPN2, 9 a.m.).
Bradley's staff includes La Verne-based goalkeeper coach Zak Abdel, a former Egyptian national-teamer who worked with Bradley with the U.S. and Chivas USA and also coached with the Galaxy.
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.