Monday, 18 December, 2017

Egyptian President rewards the Pharaohs for qualifying for 2018 World Cup

Egypt's Mohamed Salah celebrates defeating Congo during the 2018 World Cup group E qualifying soccer match at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria Egypt Sunday Oct. 8 2017. Egypt won 2-1 Egyptian President rewards the Pharaohs for qualifying for 2018 World Cup
Melissa Porter | 10 October, 2017, 18:20

He had earlier put Egypt ahead, only for Congo to seemingly spoil the party with an equaliser three minutes from time.

But when Mahmoud Hassan was brought down in the box with just seconds left in the match, Salah stepped up with the weight of a nation on his shoulders and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to clinch their place in Russian Federation.

"I can't really express how I feel", Salah told Ahram newspaper after the game.

"We are determined to make the country and continent proud in Russian Federation", said Salah who plays in the English Premier League.

Salah rose to the occasion to score a last-gasp penalty that earned the Pharaohs their qualification to the World Cup for the first time in 28 years.

"I want to thank the fans, the ones who were in the stadium and everyone in every part of Egypt".

"The game was a hard one tonight and all the qualifiers were hard games as well".

Egypt substitute Mahmoud Hassan was brought down in the box two minutes into injury time and Salah, Egypt's star player, clinched victory from the spot.

"I am proud of all the players but especially of Mo Salah who was fearless enough to take the crucial penalty", the president said.

"The most hard moment in my life was when the fans fell silent following Congo's equalizer but thank God we finally realized a childhood dream of my own".

Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield on Saturday (12:30), once the global break has ended.