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Africa’s most capped footballer is sacked by his club



Egyptian Premier League - Zamalek v Pyramids FC - Petro Sport Stadium, Cairo, Egypt - January 24, 2019 Pyramids coach Hossam Hassan before the match REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Africa’s most capped international footballer, Hossam Hassan has been fired alongside his twin brother, Ibrahim Hassan by  Egyptian Premier League club Al-Masry.

Hossam, who had an amazing 176 international appearances for Egypt and scoring 83 goals, was dismissed with his football director twin, Ibrahim, on Saturday, allegedly insulting the club’s board in front of the players during halftime at a match last week.

Hossam was one of the greatest players in the history of the Egyptian game, winning three African Nations Cup titles.

The 56-year-old played at the same club as his brother for much of his 19-year career and they have reprised the double act as coaches since hanging up their boots, including four previous stints at Al-Masry.

The Port Said club said the twins had committed “unusual, unacceptable and unjustified transgressions” during a 3-1 loss to Aswan on Wednesday, which left Al-Masry without a win in four matches and eighth in the league.


“They insulted all board members in front of the players during the half-time break of the Aswan match,” the club said in a statement. “The insults led some of the players to ask to terminate their contracts.”

Al-Masry also said players had also complained of “continuous insults and mistreatment” since the Hassans took over last December and imposed an undisclosed fine on the pair.

Hossam, a former coach of Zamalek and Jordan national team, made no comment on his dismissal.

Al-Masry, who appointed Mimi Abdelrazek as caretaker coach, has reached the semi-finals of the League Cup and will play in the first round proper of the Egypt Cup this week.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.