Former Nogoom FC coach reflects on time in Egypt

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Dubai – Yasmine El Tohamy – LISBON, PORTUGAL – AUGUST 17: Nelson Santos of Os Belenenses SAD during the Liga Nos match between Belenenses SAD and SL Benfica at Do Jamor Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

Former Nogoom FC manager Nelson Santos has reflected on his experience with the second division side and how it unfolded after leaving the club in December 2020.

Nogoom announced in August 2020 that Portuguese Santos will be in charge of the first team.

Santos started his managerial career in his home country with Belenenses SAD and Maritimo where he was an assistant coach to Pedro Martins, Ahmed Hassan Kouka’s manager at Olympiacos.

“Nogoom was a team that had been in the Egyptian Premier League, but had gone down. The goal, before I went there, was to get back to the Premier League as soon as possible,” Santos told Mais Futebol.

“I accepted the job because Egypt is a very interesting market. I usually say that Egypt is like the Premier League in Europe. It is where the best players are, it has the most competitive championship and where most players leave for Europe.”

“When I arrived in Egypt I found a club very different from what I was expecting. I thought I was going to train on grass, I spent almost two months working on a synthetic field, the club had a lot of problems with the grass.”

“The field is right in the middle of the desert and they have problems with the water. The COVID-19 pandemic also affected a lot.”

“My intention was to arrive for the final five games of last season and adapt to football and the country, know the players and the dynamics of the club. The team was in relegation zone but taking into account the world situation it was decided that there would be no relegation, which gave us some peace of mind to work with less pressure.”

The Portuguese coach had an African experience in Mozambique in 2012, where he coached CD Costa da Sol for five years.

“The club president really enjoyed my work in the first two months and decided to renew. Unfortunately nothing has changed [after these two months]. There were some differences, clashes of ideas and, when we started the championship, nothing was going as we intended and the results were not what we wanted either.”

” It was at that time, two or three days before Christmas, that we decided it would be better not to continue.”

It is worth noting that Nogoom FC had appointed former Zamalek defender Amir Azmy Megahed last month as head coach for the first time, following Santos’ departure

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