September 19, 2019 / 10:09 PM / a month ago

Egypt appoint former Al Ahly coach El-Badry as head coach

Soccer Football - Egyptian Premier League - Zamalek vs Al Ahly - Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt - January 8, 2018 Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry (R) and Zamalek coach Ehab Galal REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt have appointed former Al Ahly player and coach Hossam El-Badry as manager to replace sacked Mexican Javier Aguirre, the country’s FA announced on its website on Thursday.

Aguirre was dismissed in July after The Pharaohs’ shock home elimination in the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The 59-year-old former Egypt defender has completed three stints as head coach of Cairo-based Al Ahly, starting in 2009 and most recently from 2016-18. He has also coached clubs in Sudan and Libya.

He will be the first Egyptian to coach the national team since Shawky Gharib in 2014. Argentine Hector Cuper preceded Aguirre.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ken Ferris

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