The Egyptian national team have qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, their first since 1990. For that feat, the Pharaohs have been handed a presidential bonus of $85,000 each.
The team beat Congo Brazzaville by 2 – 1 last Sunday to seal the qualification. They paid a visit to president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on Monday during which event the bonus was announced.
The president whiles praising the team for its collective efforts singled out Liverpool winger, Mohamed Salah for praise. Salah scored both goals in the game that seal the qualification.
His first goal was canceled out by the Congolese before he stepped up and converted a last minute spot kick. “I am proud of all the players but especially of Mo Salah who was brave enough to take the crucial penalty,” the president said.
Egypt were drawn in the same qualifying group as Congo, Ghana and Uganda. There is a last round of games to be played in November but their point buildup means their meeting with Ghana will not influence the result in any way.
Egypt became the second African team to qualify for next year’s football showpiece. On Saturday, the Super Eagles of Nigeria secured their spot after defeating Zambia by a lone goal scored by Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi. Africa has three other slots yet to be filled.