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Feb, 3, 2012

Bradley not thinking of Egypt future

Former United States national team boss Bob Bradley says he has put no thought into his future as Egypt coach in the aftermath of the violence which claimed 74 lives during an Egyptian league game on Wednesday.

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Bradley, who took over from interim coach Hany Ramsy in Egypt last September, attended a protest rally in Cairo with his wife on Thursday to show support for the victims of the tragedy in Port Said. However, Bradley claims he has not yet decided whether he will follow a similar path to several notable Egyptian players who have announced their retirement since the incident took place.

"I have not thought about this at all today," Bradley told Stad El Ahly. "Our thoughts today are with the families of the victims. We wanted to show respect for the people who lost their lives, for the people who are most affected by this tragedy. Of course, we feel strongly about what we are here to do in Egypt.

"It's the dream of all the people here to qualify for the World Cup, and we came here to work with the people and work in the federation to try to accomplish this dream. Today is just a sad day that's hard to understand and our thoughts today are just with the families of the victims."

Egyptian prime minister Kamal el-Ganzouri has disbanded the board of the country's Football Association in response to the tragedy. The precise impact this decision will have on the Egyptian league and national team, Bradley says, is not yet known.

"In the moment, there are questions about what will happen with the league and decisions will be made: Will it continue? Will it be cancelled? Will they play with no fans in the stadium? All of these things would clearly impact the situation for the national team."

Bradley was scheduled to lead the Egyptian national team in a training camp from February 15, with the next match - a 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier away to Central African Republic - set for February 29.

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