Egypt's state news agency says former United States coach Bob Bradley has been hired to take over the Egyptian national team, two weeks after the Pharaohs failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations for the first time in three decades.

Egyptian Football Association spokesman Azmy Megahed told the state news agency Wednesday that Bradley is expected to arrive in Cairo on Sunday or Monday to formally sign his contract.

Bradley is replacing longtime Egypt coach Hassan Shehata, who stepped down in June toward the end of a disappointing qualifying campaign for the African Cup. Egypt failed to qualify for the continental championship for the first time in 33 years.

Bradley was fired from the U.S. team in July and replaced by Jurgen Klinsmann.