- President of Egypt Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has handed a bonus of $85,000 to members of the Egyptian football national team
- He gave them the money as their reward for qualifying Egypt for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
- The Pharaohs of Egypt have joined the Super Eagles of Nigeria as the two African nations who have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has rewarded members of the Egyptian football national team with the sum of $85,000 for qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The last time Egypt participated in the World Cup championship was in 1990 when European side Italy hosted the tournament.
But on Sunday, October 8, Liverpool’s record signing Mohammed Salah ensured Egypt qualified for next year’s FIFA World Cup finals in Russia with a brace in Egypt's win over Congo.
“I am proud of all the players but especially of Mo Salah who was brave enough to take the crucial penalty.
“Also thank you to coach Cuper who has made our dreams come true,'' the President was reported to have said.
Egypt have won the Africa Cup of Nations title on seven occasions but have only been to the World Cup twice in 1934 and 1990 and are yet to win a game at the finals.
They are now the second nation in African that qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported of how the Super Eagles of Nigeria became the first African nation that qualified for the 2018 World Cup after beating Zambia in Uyo.
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