Bob Bradley overcame a lot in leading an Egyptian national team a playoff game away from next summer's World Cup. But after losing 7-3 on aggregate to Ghana in a two-game playoff, no sympathy was shown to the former U.S. Men's National Team coach and his contract with Egypt was not extended.
Bradley had been the coach of Egypt since November 2011.
According to a report, Bradley's contract with the Egyptian soccer federation expired last night.
"Bob Bradley's contract ended this night, and we will not renew for him, we will start search for a new coach," Egyptian Football Association chairman Gamal Allam said.
Despite a revolution and the shuttering of the country's domestic soccer league after fan-violence, Bradley had Egypt playing like one of the best team's in Africa heading into the final round of qualifying. But instead of getting the good luck and fortune of a favorable draw, Egypt was dealt a two-leg playoff against Ghana, one of the continent's best national teams and one that has tortured Bradley in the past while he was in charge of the U.S. Men's National Team.
Before Egypt's game against Ghana Bradley seemed as though he already knew what was going to happen and thanked the players and his staff in a pre-game press conference.
"I am proud of the two years I spent in Egypt. I thank all Egyptians for their way of dealing with us in Egypt as I and my wife are always welcomed in the country," he said.
"I enjoyed working with the current technical staff, including [assistant coach] Diaa El-Sayed and [goalkeeping coach] Zaki Abdel-Fattah. These are my brothers," he added before naming all the technical staff members in a sign of recognition." [Ahram]
Things didn't go well for the Egyptians in the first leg of the playoff as they lost 6-1 in Ghana, shuttering almost any chance of making it past the Black Stars. Egypt tried, though. They fought hard and defeated Ghana 2-1 in the return leg at home, but it wasn't enough.
Allam was not forgiving of Bradley in his comments.
"I think Bradley will not accept to stay here following all the criticism from the media after the first match in Kumasi. We did not talk with him about staying and we will not do so," he said.
"We won against Ghana but we did not qualify. We signed Bradley to take the team to the World Cup but he failed so we will search for new coach and we wish him good luck."
Allam says Egypt will hire and Egyptian coach and "definitely" not a foreign coach despite Bradley doing a pretty sell job keeping that team alive amidst some crazy circumstances.