CAIRO: Hossam Hassan backtracked on his decision to resign as Masri coach after being persuaded to carry on by the club.
The former Egypt striker said on Saturday that he quit as Masri manager because of what he described as the unfair treatment from referees and the Egyptian FA.
But Hassan, whose work with Masri was widely appreciated by the Port Said-based club fans, changed his mind one day later.
“I agreed to continue as Masri coach after the board urged me to stay. I don’t want the team to stumble in the Egyptian League.
Masri, who struggled in Egypt’s premier competition over the past few years, have heavily improved since Hassan took over at the club last season.
They are currently fifth in the league table with seven points.
Hassan, Egypt s most capped player and seen as the greatest striker in the history of the six-time African champions, has been hit by fines and bans since taking charge of Masri.
A trouble-maker during his prime as a player, Hassan failed to lose this image even after starting his coaching career.
He started the new season on the sidelines, serving a three-match ban imposed after last season s finale.
TV cameras spotted him trying to break into the field and assault the referee of his side s game against Telecom Egypt on Friday.