Roger De Sa has successfully recommended a former Orlando Pirates technical team member to the Egyptian FA, the Siya crew can confirm.
Following his own appointment as assistant coach to his long-time confidant, the well-travelled and experienced Carlos Queiroz, De Sa is understood to have put forward Michael Loftman’s name to join them in Cairo.
Loftman’s last job in SA was at Pirates, where he spent a little over two years with the Buccaneers working closely with the senior team as well as in the development structures during the Micho Sredojevic era, Rulani Mokwena’s tenure and then briefly under German mentor Josef Zinnbauer.
He then later moved to Belgium to work for the City Group, a conglomerate that owns English Premier League giants Manchester City, as coach and analyst for second tier outfit Lommel SK to add that to his already decorated CV.
Contacted by the Siya crew, Loftman did confirm that he has been appointed in an identical role for the Egyptian national team.
The big task for Queiroz is to get them to the World Cup in Qatar next year.
“Yes, I can confirm that I am in Egypt and arrived here on Monday,” he told the Siya crew briefly from Cairo.
"It’s been a great few months focussing on coach education alongside some top level coaches around the world. I’m now in Egypt and really looking forward to the next chapter working with the Egyptian National Team staff and players."
Loftman was spotted over the last few weeks in SA doing coaching clinics alongside Mokwena, now the head coach at Mamelodi Sundowns.
But he has now since relocated to North Africa for a fresh challenge.
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