The Syrian Football Association announced today, Sunday, that Egyptian Issam El-Hadary has joined the coaching staff of the first national team, led by Argentine Hector Cuper.
Al-Ittihad said on its Facebook page that the 50-year-old El-Hadary “joined the training staff accompanying the Argentine coach Cuper, which will consist of assistant coach Mahmoud Fayez, performance analyst and assistant coach Jose Carlos Fantagozi, goalkeeper coach Essam El-Hadary and fitness coach Antonio Sarioglu.”
Cuper, the former coach of Egypt, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uzbekistan, took charge of Syria last week, succeeding national coach Hossam Al-Sayed, and will lead the team in the Asian Cup finals in Qatar.
El-Hadary worked as a goalkeeper coach for the first Egyptian national team in the African Cup of Nations last year, before working with the Olympic team.
Syria failed to qualify for the last World Cup after occupying the penultimate position in its group in the final stage.
Cuper, 67, led Valencia to the Champions League final twice in a row more than 20 years ago.
He also coached Inter Milan and Parma in the Italian First Division and led the Egyptian national team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
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