Egypt appoint Hossam Hassan as technical director

36

Egypt has named Hossam Hassan, their national team’s all-time leading scorer, as the technical director of their football team.

The North African team dismissed Rui Vitoria as coach on Sunday, following Egypt’s elimination from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in the round of 16.

Egypt, the record seven-time continental champions, were defeated on penalties by DR Congo after a 1-1 draw.

Hossam Hassan, aged 57, who clinched three Nations Cup titles and scored 67 goals in 173 FIFA-recognized matches during a 22-year international career, has been appointed as the new technical director.

His twin brother Ibrahim, who also amassed over 100 caps for the national team, has been announced as the team’s new manager.

A post shared by the Egyptian Football Association on X confirmed that its board of directors had made the decisions regarding the appointments during a meeting held on Tuesday.

Hossam Hassan has managed numerous Egyptian clubs, including two terms with Cairo giants Zamalek, since embarking on his coaching career in 2008.

He also had a stint as the manager of Jordan during the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, during which he oversaw their defeat by Uruguay in an intercontinental play-off.

His first competitive matches with Egypt will be the 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau scheduled for June.

Under Vitoria’s leadership, the Pharaohs secured maximum points from their first two qualifiers in November.