Fans turn as Egypt’s African Cup hopes fade

With Egypt on the brink of failure to qualify for the African

Cup of Nations, fans of the one-time giant have turned on the

team’s controversial coach Hassan Shehata.

Websites and social media were filled Monday with calls from

fans for Shehata to quit after the team’s latest embarrassing

performance – a 0-0 draw Sunday against South Africa that leaves

Egypt bottom of its group. It is six points off leader South Africa

with two games to go and with little chance of making Gabon and

Equatorial Guinea in 2012, even as one of the best second-place

teams.

The decline has been a sharp one for the defending champion,

which has won the continental championship a record seven times.

The Pharaohs last failed to qualify for the African Cup in

1978.