After a vital 2:1 win over Congo Brazzaville in the injury time Egypt booked a place in the World Cup finals in Russia 2018.
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 Russia.
The president had special praise for match-winner Mohamed Salah, who scored a penalty in injury time to secure the qualification ‘I am proud of all the players but especially of Mo Salah who was brave enough to take the crucial penalty’.
He also thanked Argentine coach Hector Cuper for making “our dreams come true”.
Never the less, President Sisi’s apparent extravagance continues to appear amid a financial crisis that has seen ordinary people suffer soaring food, fuel and electricity prices.
However, Egyptian food prices have risen 43.6 percent in a year, according to Middle East Eye, with inflation hitting a 30-year high in April at 31.5 percent.
It marked their third time World Cup qualification and the first since 1990 in Italy. It was the first African nation to qualify for World Cup way back in 1934.
Egypt was the second African Nation to have officially qualified for the World Cup in Russia next year.
In addition, rival group contenders Ghana had earlier petitioned to the world football governing body FIFA for a rematch with Uganda with concerns on how their game was officiated in Kampala on Saturday 7th October.
FIFA is yet to make the ruling, meanwhile, Ghana will play Egypt in the last group game at home while Uganda will play Congo away in Brazzaville.