Celebrations erupt after Egypt qualifies for World Cup

Egypt players celebrate after qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Sunday. Pic  AFP

Egypt players celebrate after qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Sunday. Pic AFP

The midfielder's crucial 95th minute penalty secured a 2-1 win over Congo in Alexandria, sparking jubilant scenes.

The win clinched Egypt a long-awaited spot in Russian Federation for the 2018 World Cup finals, where the Arab world's most populous country will compete on football's ultimate stage for the first time since Italy in 1990.

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Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi congratulated the Egyptian people after the match as tireless fans draped in flags turned the streets into an impromptu parade of red, white and black.

Egypt was the second African country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation after Nigeria clinched its place on Saturday. Egypt however looked like they were going to be frustrated when Bouka Moutou scored an equalizer for Congo in the 87th minute. It won't be our last World Cup, it will become a habit for us to qualify afterwards.

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Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has now given a bonus of $85,000 (£65,000) to each of the players who clinched a place at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

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Egypt has become the second African country after Nigeria to secure its place in the FIFA World Cup finals in Russian Federation. Egypt, an African giant and founding member of the Confederation of African Football, has only played at two World Cups before - in 1934 and 1990.

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