AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan has appointed Egypt great Hossam Hassan to coach the national team through the Asian qualifying playoffs for the World Cup.
Hassan replaces Iraqi Adnan Hamad, who resigned this month after Jordan reached the playoffs with a 1-0 win over Oman. But by then, Hamad was under increasing fire from Jordan fans and media for the team's stuttering campaign.
Hassan will take charge from next month, tasked with beating Uzbekistan in a two-leg playoff in September. The winner then faces the fifth-placed side from South America in November for a berth in Brazil next year. Jordan has never played in a World Cup.