Liverpool's Mo Salah secures Russian Federation 2018 place for Egypt

09 October, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • El Said looking dejected after the 2-1 Cup of Nations final loss to Cameroon

An stoppage-time penalty from Mohamed Salah indeed ensured the Pharaohs qualification for next year's World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

Egypt entertains Congo at the Alexandria based Burg El Arab stadium on Sunday 8 October as the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifications Group E enters its penultimate round.

Arnold Bouka Moutou looked to have secured a point for Congo when he leveled matters in the 87th minute.

Specifically, it thanked the Egyptian President, the Army and the Police for their work in helping the team qualify for World Cup 2018.

Egypt, though a powerful force in African soccer, have been missing in World Cup tournaments since 1990.


Egypt now have a four point lead over Uganda in their group, cementing top spot with just one game left for each side.

Egypt have won four Africa Cup of Nations titles since 1990 - in 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010 - but fallen consistently short in World Cup qualification.

The desperation to qualify was so great ahead of the Congo match that Argentina-born Egypt coach Hector Cuper admitted he was taking medication for high blood pressure.

The record was set by Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, who played at the age of 43 at the 2014 World Cup, while El Hadary turns 45 next year.

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