Hassan leaves Jordan to take up Zamalek post

تم نشره في Fri 1 August / Aug 2014. 02:07 PM

AMMAN - AFC Asian Cup 2015 hopefuls Jordan are to begin their search for a new national team coach after Hossam Hassan agreed to return to Egypt and take charge of club side Zamalek on Wednesday.

The move comes only weeks after the Jordan Football Association (JFA) had apparently extended Hassan’s contract, a deal which would have seen the Egyptian take charge of the two-time Asian Cup quarter-finalists at the continent’s premier event in Australia next January.

“We have reached an agreement with Hossam Hassan to take charge of the team starting from the new season,” Zamalek board member Ahmed Mortada Mansour told reporters. 

Meanwhile, the JFA were quick to play down concerns that there is little or no time to find a new coach with the Asian Cup looming large on the horizon.

“We have enough time to find new technical staff, as the first challenge will be the Asian Cup. The new season will start soon, which will give the new coach the chance to get a good look at the players,” a statement read.

“We will respect the scheduled friendly matches as part of our preparations for the Asian Cup, and we will respect the agenda for local and international events which we had previously announced.”

Hassan’s appointment comes in the wake of Mido’s dismissal on Tuesday night following an African Champions League draw with TP Mazembe.

The 47-year-old made 160 appearances for Egypt before becoming a coach after his retirement in 2007. He managed a series of clubs, including Zamalek, before being named head coach of Jordan, his first national team job, in 2013.

Jordan narrowly failed to qualify for the recently concluded FIFA World Cup in Brazil following an aggregate defeat to Uruguay in the play-offs.

Jordan have been drawn in Group D for next year’s AFC Asian Cup 2015 in Australia, and will begin their campaign against Iraq on January 12, before facing reigning champions Japan and 2014 AFC Challenge Cup winners Palestine.