Egypt’s state news agency says former national football team coach Mahmoud el-Gouhari has died. He was 74.
MENA says el-Gouhari died of a brain hemorrhage Monday in Jordan where was hospitalized recently after suffering a stroke and falling into a coma.
El-Gouhari rose to fame when he coached Egypt to the 1990 World Cup and then in its victorious African Nations Cup campaign in 1998.
He was the first Egyptian to coach both of the country’s two most famous football clubs, el-Ahly and Zamalek, which he led to medals in African and Arab tournaments.
Born in 1938, el-Gouhari was dubbed the “football general” by Egypt’s media because he fought in Egypt’s 1973 war with Israel.
El-Gouhari is survived by a wife and three children.