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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 22:25

Egypt appoints Hossam Hassan as head coach and his twin brother as team director.

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Egypt has put twin brothers in charge of its national soccer team with Hossam Hassan taking over as coach and Ibrahim Hassan as team director.

The North Africans sacked Rui Vitoria as coach on Sunday after the Pharaohs were knocked out of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in the last 16.

Record seven-time continental champions Egypt were beaten on penalties by DR Congo following a 1-1 draw.

Hassan, 57, won three Nations Cup titles and scored 67 goals in 173 Fifa-recognised games during an international career that spanned 22 years.

His twin brother Ibrahim, who also won more than 100 caps for the country, has been named as national team director.

post by the Egyptian Football Association on X, confirmed its board of directors had decided on the appointments during a meeting on Tuesday.

Hossam Hassan has managed several Egyptian clubs - including two spells with Cairo giants Zamalek - since beginning his coaching career in 2008.

He had a stint as Jordan boss during qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, which included overseeing their defeat by Uruguay in an intercontinental play-off.

His first competitive matches with Egypt will be 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau in June. The Pharaohs took maximum points from their first two qualifiers under Vitoria in November.