The Pharaohs of Egypt ended their 28 years exile from the FIFA World Cup after a late goal through penalty from Mohammed Salah, ensured Egypt book a place in Russia following a 2-1 win over Congo at Alexandria stadium.
The Liverpool forward struck in the 63rd minutes for Egypt to break the deadlock in the game and put Egypt in front, but Bouka Moutou’s 88th minutes goal proved that stubborn Congo were ready to delay Egypt’s qualification till last day.
With less than three minutes to end the game and another added five minutes of injury time, the Egyptians pressed further and their efforts paid-off in the 93rd minutes when Salah’s penalty gave Egypt a victory that wiped away the tears of the Pharaohs.
Their qualification after the 2-1 victory was facilitated by Uganda’s goalless draw with the Black Stars of Ghana on Saturday, which guaranteed the Pharaohs a ticket to Russia if they emerged victorious on Sunday at Alexandria stadium.
Egypt who last appeared in the world cup since 1990 have now qualified for their third world cup, and are the second African country to qualify for next summer’s tournament after Nigeria.