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Hossam and Ibrahim, twin brothers, are appointed coach and team director by Egypt

<p>Hossam Hassan, the twin brother who took over as coach, and Ibrahim Hassan, the team director, now lead Egypt’s national football team.</p>
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<p>Hossam Hassan, who has 68 goals to his name, is Egypt’s all-time best scorer. He will replace Portuguese coach Rui Vitória, who was sacked on Sunday after the team’s lackluster performance at the Africa Cup of Nations, the Egyptian Football Association said on Tuesday.</p>
<p>Egypt, the holder of a record seven Africa Cup championships, went through the 34th tournament without winning a match and was eliminated by Congo in a thrilling penalty shootout during the round of 16.</p>
<p>Hossam Hassan, a forward from Cairo, assisted Egypt in winning three of those championships. He spent time playing for the Swiss team Neuchâtel Xamax and the Greek team PAOK, although he largely represented his native club Al Ahly. Before retiring in 2008, he played for various teams in Egypt.</p>
<p>Since then, he has coached the Jordan national team as well as other Egyptian clubs.</p>
<p>Former Egypt player Ibrahim Hassan was also a defender who played with his brother at different clubs.</p>
<p>To replace Vitória, the Egyptian federation had said that it was seeking a foreign coach. Herve Renard, a French coach, was expected to take over.</p>
<p>Vitória, who was given a four-year contract to coach Egypt in 2022, was unable to bring out the best in the group. Before losing to Congo on penalties, the Pharaohs drew all three of their Africa Cup group stage matches, scoring 2-2 against Ghana, Mozambique, and Cape Verde.</p>
<p>The Egyptian federation offered a cow as a sacrifice in an effort to turn around the team’s fortunes after losing Mohamed Salah to a hamstring injury in the second group game against Ghana and starting goalie Mohamed El Shenawy to a dislocated shoulder in the third match against group winners Cape Verde.</p>
<p>However, reserve goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal, whose saves almost won Egypt the championship in the last edition, missed the mark with his penalty shot in the penalty shootout, and Lionel Mpasi of Congo then took the field to propel his team into the quarterfinals.</p>
<p>Since then, Congo has advanced to the semifinals, where on Wednesday the Leopards will take on the host country, Ivory Coast.</p>