Egypt FA calls emergency meeting
Egyptian Football Association president Samir Zaher has called
an emergency board meeting for Thursday after a poor start to
African Cup of Nations qualifying by the defending champions.
Zaher called the meeting ”to discuss all matters relating to
the team and its position as regards the qualifiers for the African
Nations Cup 2012 scheduled to be held in (Equatorial) Guinea and
Gabon,” the EFA said on its website.
Struggling Egypt slumped to a 1-0 loss to South Africa on
Saturday and remains at the bottom of qualifying Group G, with just
one point from three games.
The Pharaohs, who have won the last three African Cups, need to
beat South Africa in their next qualifying match in Cairo in June
to keep their campaign alive. Egypt last missed an African Cup of
Nations in 1982 – when it withdrew – and last failed to qualify for
the championship in 1978.
The seven-time African champion’s poor recent run has also led
to calls for experienced coach Hassan Shehata to be sacked, even
after he led Egypt to three straight African titles in 2006, 2008
Shehata’s position could be on the agenda at Thursday’s
Already on poor form, Egypt’s footballers have also had to cope
with the effects of the country’s recent political turmoil.
Home-based players have missed match practice after the domestic
football league was put on hold during the protests that swept
long-standing president Hosni Mubarak from power.
The league is scheduled to recommence on April 15, having been
called off in early February.