Many celebrities and public figures were keen to show support and cheer the Egyptian national Football Team yesterday at Burj Al-Arab stadium.
The most prominent attendees at the Stadium were Minister of Youth and Sports، Khalid Abdul Aziz، Minister of Immigration، Nabila Makram، Minister of Finance Dr. Amro Al Garji، and Minister of Solidarity Ghada Wali، Youssef Sharif and his wife، the poet Amir Taima and his family، in addition to media anchor، Tamer Amin.
Noteworthy، on Sunday game Egypt won 2-1 over Congo. Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah scored the opener in the match’s 62 minute، he received the high ball، passing by speed and put Congolese defender in his back، in a preferable one-v-one situation، Salah eased the ball over the goalkeeper to the net.
Egypt was hit by an equalizer in the 82nd minute as Congo's Arnold Bouka dampened spirits in Alexandria.
In a dramatic turn of events، Egypt were awarded a penalty after 2 minutes of the 5-minute stoppage time، Salah again rise to shine to become the hero and secure Egypt’s ticket in 2018 World Cup، even before playing Ghana away.
Following the victory، Egypt is now four points ahead of second-placed Uganda in African qualifying Group E with just one match remaining.
Noteworthy، Egypt have appeared at two World Cups: Italy 1934، where they were knocked out 4-2 by Hungary، and Italy 1990، where they finished bottom of a closely contested section that included England، the Netherlands and Republic of Ireland، according to FIFA.
The Pharaohs last notable success at a major tournament dates back to 2010، when they lifted the CAF Africa Cup of Nations for the seventh time.
They missed out on South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014 following respective play-off defeats by Algeria (1-0) and Ghana (7-3 on aggregate).
The internal political upheaval has had a knock-on effect on the performances of the national team، who have now failed to qualify for the last three Cup of Nations.
However، the lifting of the suspension of the Egyptian League and the presence of numerous Egyptian players in Europe should soon enable the traditional heavyweights to regain their place among Africa’s elite.