Bradley's challenge to revive Africa's 'monster'

By Ahmed El-sedawy

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Oct. 27 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

"I'm learning every day. In my situation now I meet different people every day and I listen to them. The situation now is very different to when I took the role as coach of the United States. I was familiar with everything, the players and the league. Now when I'm here in Egypt I must be a good student and learn from the people around me."

Bradley was dismissed having led the U.S. to the 2009 Confederations Cup final — beating European champion Spain on the way — and to the last 16 of the World Cup in 2010. His last match was the 4-2 Gold Cup final defeat to Mexico in June.

He was succeeded by former German international Klinsmann, who has been welcomed as a refreshing change by some who said the squad and the style had become stale under Bradley.

"When you coach a national team, the judgment should be on your input with the team and the record and the results, and I think my results were good," Bradley said.

Three months down the line, and on the other side of the world, Bradley's not bitter about his exit. Just a little sore, maybe. A little tender.

"I'm now the coach of the Egyptian national team," he replied, after being pushed on his thoughts surrounding his dismissal and his successor. "I'm not going to speak about Klinsmann now, give him time. I'm very proud of what we achieved in the last five years when I was the coach of the United States.

"The Gold Cup final was a good match. We worked very hard in the Gold Cup to reach the final and we gave everything against Mexico. They made a few plays and won. This is football."

Football for Bradley is now far away from the United States. And it could stay that way for some time.

Depending on his success with Egypt, in front of some of the most demanding and dedicated fans in the sport, a coaching role in one of the big leagues in Europe was possible for him next, he said.

"But you must first put all your effort into your team to achieve your goals with it, and then leave the next step to your future.

"It's a great honor to be here now. Every day I feel I must do something not only for football here but for people here."

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