File - Egypt national team director Wael Gomaa
CAIRO-10 September 2021: Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced on Friday that Wael Gomaa, three-time Africa Cup of Nations champion, will be the new national team director.
Gomaa is the last legend to be added to the national team's new coaching line-up alongside Diaa El Sayed and Mohamed Shawky, assistant coaches, and Essam El Hadary, goalkeeping coach.
Three of the four new coaching staff were part of the Pharaohs' golden generation that dominated football in the continent with three AFCON titles in a row between 2006 and 2010.
El Hadary and Gomaa were key players in the 2006, 2008 and 2010 AFCON competitions while Shawky missed the success of 2010 but he was exceptional in 2006 and 2008.
Diaa El Sayed did not have the same success on international level as a player despite being a fantastic defender with Al Ahly in the 80s but he is the man with the most experience.
Diaa was the head coach of Egypt's youth team in the 2011 U-20 World Cup. The team that included the current captains of the senior team, Mohamed Salah, Ahmed Hegazi, Omar Gaber and Mohamed Elneny.
Also, El Sayed have played the assistant role in the 2014 African World Cup qualifiers when Bob Bradley was the head coach. The Pharaohs reached the final stage of the qualifications but suffered a humiliating 6-1 loss against Ghana, putting an end to his journey with the first team.
For sure announcing Carlos Queiroz as the new national team coach brought some comfort to the disappointed fans but having this line-up of legends will boost the fans' confidence in the national team's ability to achieve their dreams.
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