Bob Bradley hired to coach Egypt

Egypt’s state news agency says former United States coach Bob Bradley has been hired to take over the Egyptian national team. The news comes two weeks after the Pharaohs failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations for the first time in three decades.

EFA spokesman Azmy Megahed said Bradley is expected to arrive in Cairo this weekend to finalize the deal.

”All is good. Bradley will be here on Sunday to sign the contract,” Megahed told The Associated Press.

He refused to disclose financial details. Bradley’s agent Ron Waxman declined to comment.

Bradley is replacing longtime Egypt coach Hassan Shehata, who stepped down in June toward the end of a disappointing qualifying campaign for the African Cup. Egypt failed to qualify for the continental championship for the first time in 33 years.

Egypt, seven-time winners of the African Cup of Nations, won the last continental championship held in 2010, their third consecutive title. The victory came after the Pharaohs had failed to qualify for the 2010’s World Cup, a competition for which Egypt has not qualified since 1990.

Bradley, who coached in Major League Soccer and at the college level before being hired by the United States, guided the US to a first place finish in CONCACAF’s 2010 World Cup qualifying. The team went on to win Group C in South Africa before being eliminated by Ghana in the Round of 16.

Bradley was one of three contenders for the job, including Milovan Rajevac, the coach of the Ghanian team that eliminated the US in South Africa.

In July, after the US finished second to Mexico at the Gold Cup, Bradley was fired from the US team and replaced by Jurgen Klinsmann.