FFA announces details of selection process and timing for new Caltex Socceroos Head Coach

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Former Caltex Socceroos Mark Bresciano, Stan Lazaridis and Mark Schwarzer are among a panel of experts who will advise Football Federation Australia (FFA) on the appointment of a new Head Coach for the Caltex Socceroos that will be contesting the FIFA World Cup in Russia next year.

Lazaridis is also an external member of the FFA Board’s Football Development Committee.

FFA chief executive David Gallop said the trio, who have 253 international caps between them and all represented Australia at the FIFA World Cup, will be working with FFA’s Head of National Performance, Luke Casserly, Caltex Socceroos Assistant Coach Ante Milicic (both of whom are also former Socceroos), FFA’s National Technical Director Eric Abrams and FFA’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Mark Jones. The appointment of two international experts is expected to be finalised in the near future.

FFA has also appointed leading international search and consulting firm SRi Executive to facilitate the process.

SRi’s Sydney-based Managing Partner ANZ, Jonathan Harris, will manage the process in cooperation with SRi’s Global Football Elite & High Performance team, who are based across four continents.

The advisory panel and SRi are working with FFA on the criteria for selecting the new coach and will be involved in initial interviews.

FFA will make the final decision with an appointment to be made by mid-February next year which will give the successful candidate more than a month to prepare before the Caltex Socceroos anticipated next games in March.

“As you would expect, we have had a high level of interest already,” said Mr Gallop.

“As things stand, no-one is ruled in or out. We are open minded about whether the coach is Australian or someone from overseas but they must live in Australia, embrace the progress on and off the field that has been achieved with national teams over the past four years – especially in the areas of technical development and sports science – and be prepared to be an ambassador for our sport here and abroad.

“FFA’s starting point is to appoint a coach for the long term but we will be advised on this and other matters by our expert panel.

“We are confident that we will attract the right person to lead the Caltex Socceroos at the FIFA World Cup and hopefully beyond.”


Source  :  Socceroos Website

Five terrorists killed, 6 arrested: Interior Ministry

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The Interior Ministry announced the killing of five terrorists in an armed battle with security forces in a desert area between the cities of the 10th Ramadan and Bilbis. It also announced thwarting a terrorist scheme in the Governorates of Cairo and Assiut by arresting six suspected plotters.

The killed terrorists used a hut located in the desert area between the 10th of Ramadan and Bilbis in Sharqiya Governorate, for weapons training, according to a statement by the Interior Ministry. They planned hostile operations in Sinai and other Governorates, the statement added.

At dawn on Monday, police forces besieged the hut, killing five terrorists.

A large quantity of ammunition, four automatic rifles, three IEDs, and other materials used in the manufacture of explosives were found in the suspects’ possession, said the statement.

The location of six others belonging to the same terror cell were identified and arrested.

Ammunition and two rifles were found in their possession, according to the statement.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


Source  :  Egypt Independent

Egypt to receive third IMF loan payment by end of December: Finance Minister

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The Minister of Finance, Amr al-Garhy, stated on Monday that Egypt is set to receive its third dispersal of the IMF loan, worth $2 billion, by the end of December.

The IMF’s executive board will meet during the third week of December to approve of the payment to Egypt, raising the total amount of loans provided for Egypt to $6 billion, Garhy said.

Egypt’s government has set an ambitious program for economic reform, seeking to achieve higher growth rates. The reform, if successful, will make the climate more attractive to investment and development, Garhy added.

The government is currently restructuring administrative state bodies to aid the government’s bureaucratic performance, as well as in supporting public needs and services, he stressed.

Earlier this month, IMF mission chief for Egypt Subir Lall said that Egyptians will start feeling the effects of the country’s economic reform program in 2018.

“Inflation will continue to decline, and in terms of living standards, that will be felt much more clearly, especially in 2018, […] it will be transformational in this regard,” Lall said in an interview with the privately-owned CBC satellite channel.

Edited translation from al-Masry al-Youm



Source  :  Egypt Independent

Halayeb and Shalateen Sudanese territory: Sudanese FM

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In the midst of a growing political crisis between Egypt and fellow Nile Basin countries, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour reasserted his country’s claim that the regions of Halayeb and Shalateen are Sudanese, not Egyptian territory.

“The Sudanese people will not forget Halayeb, and will hand it over, generation after generation,” he said, adding, “we do not want Halayeb to be a cause of a fight or combat between Sudan and Egypt,” he told Qatar’s Al Jazeera TV channel.

The Foreign Minister went on to say that “we have a firm belief that the Saudi-Egyptian agreement [regarding the region] touches a precious part of our maritime borders.”

“Either we agree with Saudi Arabia [which supports Sudan in the matter] or resort to the international law.”

According to the host of the program, an agreement was signed between Saudi Arabia and Sudan in 1974 recognizing Halayeb as belonging to Sudan.

The Halayeb and Shalateen issue was renewed after Cairo and Riyadh earlier this year signed a maritime demarcation agreement stipulating that the sovereignty over the Egyptian-administered islands of Tiran and Sanafir would be transferred to Saudi Arabia.

In his comments, Ghandour pointed out that Khartoum had contacted both Cairo and Riyadh following the Egyptian-Saudi treaty but has as of yet not received any response.

Meanwhile, a number of member of the Sudanese parliament has threatened to move the case into the international arena, mentioning a potential lawsuit against Egypt due to the country’s “continuing assaults on the citizens of the Halayeb region”.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


Source  :  Egypt Independent