NEW Egypt assistant coach Roger de Sa is excited that he will be coaching one of the world’s best players – Mohamed Salah.
Salah just became fifth quickest player to score 100 EPL goals when Liverpool thrashed Leeds United this past weekend.
On Wednesday, he netted as Liverpool came back to beat Italian giants AC Milan 3-2 in the first group stage match of the Uefa Champions League.
De Sa has been appointed as Carlos Quieroz’s assistant coach after the Pharaohs recently parted ways with Hossam El-Badry, who was in charge of the Pharaohs for nearly two years.
The former Orlando Pirates coach, who led the Bucs to the Caf Champions League final in 2013 where they lost Egyptian giants Al Ahly, will be joined by legendary defender Wael Gomaa, Essam El-Hadary, Mohamed Shawky, Diaa El-Sayed, and former Zamalek coach Mohamed Salah.
Gomaa lifted the Champions League on the day.
The former Bidvest Wits coach joined Egypt after stepping down at his club Cape Umoya United, just three games into the new season.“It’s a great opportunity,” de Sa reacted.
“You know when you coach good players, it makes it a lot easier for you and hopefully it will be an easy task and I’m looking forward to it.
“I think it’s a great challenge to work with Carlos and to work with the Egyptian national team and hopefully we can achieve what is required.”
De Sa will be working with Queiroz for the third time in his career after stints with Bafana in 2002, 2010 World Cup with Portugal in Mzansi.He knows that they will have to hit the ground running.
Egypt fired El-Badry after winning one of the two matches this month, a 1-0 win over Angola and drew against Gabon in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Egypt is second in Group F with four points while Libya is surprisingly leading the group with six points out of six.
The duo’s next game will be home and away next month against Libya. With only group winners of ten going to the next round of the playoffs in March next year, de Sa said he and Queiroz know what they are up against.
“Obviously it is the national team that’s got massive demands,” said de Sa.
“They have made great achievements, there’s no doubt about that. We know what we are here for and we got to be up for the challenge.”
De Sa said he will have a sit-down talk with Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane to smoothen things down for him there as he leaves South Africa on Monday.
Jingles left Mamelodi Sundowns last year September to join the Club of the Century and has been successful in Egypt, winning the last two Champions League trophies.
These two battled together in the PSL, with Mosimane being a winner in the Nedbank Cup in 2015 when de Sa was Ajax Cape Town coach.