Monday 8 June 2020
American Bob Bradley, the former coach of the Egyptian team, confirmed that he rejected an offer to coach Zamalek.
In statements to the “Match” program via Sada Al-Balad channel, Bradley indicated that the timing of Zamalek’s negotiations with Ahmed Mortada Mansour, a member of the White Club Council, was not appropriate, and therefore he rejected the offer.
About the 6-1 defeat by Ghana in Kumasi, Bradley said: “The Kumasi match was the most sad game in my life, and everyone was committed to making Egypt qualify for the World Cup, but the pressure was great and the responsibility huge.”
Bradley considered that the defeat of Brazil against Germany 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup semi-final, similar to the defeat of Egypt against Ghana: “I saw in the eyes of the Brazilian players that they were not in their nature, and reminded me of the defeat of Kumasi.”
He continued: “Hossam Ashour was injured at the beginning of the match, and we got a penalty, and the Ghanaian player should have received a red card, and Sharif Ekrami came out injured and replaced him, Ahmed Al-Shenawi, but despite that the players did everything in their power.”
He added: “At this time there was no league, and the pressure was greater on the players, but in the end I assumed responsibility, and I tried to prepare the players psychologically and nervously for the match, but I did not succeed.”
On his relationship with Essam Al-Hadary, the former team’s goalkeeper: “The relationship with Al-Hadary was never easy, Al-Hadary erred because he did not show respect to his colleagues and announced his international retirement for not participating essentially, and spoke badly of Captain Zaki Abdel-Fattah, the coach of the guards.”
Nevertheless, Bradley realizes: “If I meet El-Hadary, I will hug him and tell him he has made a mistake.”
On the authority of Ahmed Hassan, dean of the world players and former captain, Bradley explained: “He spoke to him after coming to Egypt after achieving record numbers and explained to him that his career is nearing completion and therefore he has to respect the young players and push the new players … I always respect Ahmed Hassan and enjoyed working with him.” .