Tuesday October 15th, 2013

Bob Bradley said he hopes to remain Egypt's coach through the second leg of its World Cup playoff versus Ghana. Bob Bradley said he hopes to remain Egypt's coach for the second leg of its World Cup playoff. (Scott Nelson/SI)

Egypt’s hopes of making its first World Cup since 1990 took a major hit Tuesday when Ghana beat the Pharaohs 6-1 in the first game of their home-and-home playoff. Some reports surfaced in the Egyptian media after the game that Egypt coach Bob Bradley of the United States had been fired.

But Bradley later sent SI.com an e-mail at 4:49 p.m. ET on Tuesday that said otherwise, at least for now.

“At the moment I’m still the coach,” Bradley wrote. “If it’s up to me I will stand with the team for the 2nd leg. Obviously that’s not my call.” STRAUS: Egypt's World Cup dream hits roadblock as Ghana routs Pharaohs 6-1

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