Bob Bradley's Egypt fails to qualify for World Cup

The American manager guided his side to an undefeated record in the second round of qualifying but couldn't overcome Ghana in a playoff.

It was always unlikely after a 6-1 loss in the first leg, but Bob Bradley’s Egypt on Tuesday couldn't overcome the massive defect it faced and failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. 

A 2-1 win in Cairo made the aggregate mark 7-3 in Ghana’s favor, seeing the Black Stars through to the World Cup finals for the third consecutive time.

Bradley, the former USA manager who accepted the Egypt job in September 2011, thrived in the face of immense difficulty but is unlikely to return to the Pharaohs after falling short of World Cup qualification. His side rolled through its group, going undefeated in the second round of CAF qualifying. But Egypt’s FIFA ranking still wasn’t strong enough to place it in the top pot of the third round and it was drawn against Ghana. 

There was hope Bradley and his team could unite a country that is very politically divided, a dynamic that spilled over to sport during his tenure after 72 fans were killed at Port Said Stadium in February 2012. Bradley stayed strong, marching in the streets with supporters in the following days.

Instead, Bradley will be in search of another job and Egypt will have to wait until at least 2018 to make its first World Cup appearance since 1990.

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