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. "This is something you never witness in Egypt", said 23-year-old Gamal Mohamed in downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square, the iconic centre of the country's once-active protest movement, which has since been quashed by tough security measures. Fans honking vehicle horns and waving Egypt's red, white and black flags took the streets across the country.
Unused subs: Samir, Zakaria, Kahraba, Ashour, Morsy, Ekramy, Al Shenawy, Gaber, Gabr.
Egypt last qualified for the World Cup in 1990 with the record seven-time African champions suffering numerous heart-breaking failures since.
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.
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Nigeria were the first African country to qualify for the tournament after they defeated Zambia on Saturday.
But the Egyptians' World Cup hoodoo ended as Salah held his nerve late on. Just after the hour mark, Salah latched on to a pass from Arsenal's Mohamed El Nenny before poking home from close range. In that time, Egypt have won the Africa Cup of Nations on four occasions, including three titles in a row between 2006 and 2010.
The desperation to qualify ahead of the game was so great that Egypt's Argentinian coach Hector Cuper admitted he was taking medication for high blood pressure.