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By ESPN Staff

Egypt extend contract of coach Hassan Shehata

CAIRO, July 24 (Reuters) - Egypt have extended the contract of coach Hassan Shehata for two more years after his success in winning the African Nations Cup title earlier this year.

The Egyptian Football Association said on Monday Shehata and his assistants would take charge of the campaign for the 2008 Nations Cup finals, which are being hosted by Ghana.

Shehata has been in dispute with the federation since the Nations Cup win in February over the financial terms of a new contract but Egyptian Football Association chairman Samir Zaher told reporters a new salary package had now been agreed.

Shehata has been Egypt's coach since November 2004 when he replaced the Italian Marco Tardelli midway through Egypt's unsuccessful bid to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals.

Egypt begin their bid to qualify for the 2008 Nations Cup finals when they host Burundi in a Group Two qualifier in Alexandria on September 3.