Bob Bradley signs as coach of Egypt national team

Former United States coach Bob Bradley signed a contract to take

over the Egypt national team on Saturday, charged with reviving the

fortunes of a team that recently failed to qualify for the African

Cup of Nations.

The 53-year-old Bradley agreed a deal worth $37,000 a month

until after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

”I’m proud to take over as coach of Egypt,” Bradley said at a

news conference. ”I’m looking forward to dealing with the

players.”

Bradley’s first match in charge is an exhibition against

five-time world champion Brazil in November.

Longtime coach Hassan Shehata stepped down in June after Egypt

collected two points from four African Cup qualifiers and a

subsequent loss to Sierra Leone confirmed Egypt’s failure to

qualify for a tournament it has won on the last three

occasions.

The record seven-time winners will not compete in the

continental championship for the first time in 33 years.

Bradley was fired as U.S. coach in July after more than four

years in charge and replaced by Jurgen Klinsmann.

His main task will be to try to qualify Egypt for the World Cup

for the first time since 1990. Egypt is favorite to emerge from a

group which also includes Guinea, Zimbabwe, Comoros and

Mozambique.

Bradley’s assistant hasn’t been hired, but the Egyptian Football

Association said it would be a local coach.

Bradley led the U.S. to the last 16 of the World Cup last year

and signed a contract extension until 2014 as a result. But even as

Bradley was given a new deal, there were concerns the team had

stagnated under his leadership and a Gold Cup loss at home to

Mexico in June was critical in his departure.