Egyptian President rewards the Pharaohs for qualifying for 2018 World Cup

His stoppage time penalty sparked wild scenes after the match

His stoppage time penalty sparked wild scenes after the match

The last time we joined the World Cup I was only two years old.

The image was tweeted by Italian sports reporter Tancredi Palmeri and quickly went viral online, being shared by thousands of people.

Egypt's qualification unleashed joy across a football-mad country used to bitter disappointment when trying to qualify for one of the world's biggest sporting events.

In Cairo, main streets and squares were crowded with overjoyed soccer fans who wanted to share in the public celebrations while vehicles running back and forth were mostly covered by flags of the North African country. Salah put Egypt ahead during the second half in Alexandria only for Arnold Bouka Moutou to equalise two minutes from the end of regular time.

"I am so happy today". The following year, he participated in the Summer Olympics held in London.

The Pharaohs have won a record seven Africa Cup of Nations titles but have only been to the World Cup twice in 1934 and 1990 and are yet to win a game at the finals.

"Also thank you to coach Cuper who has made our dreams come true, " the President was reported to have said.

"Although I am not a zealous soccer fan, victory tastes lovely, especially since I had not yet been born when Egypt last joined the World Cup", she said with a smile.

Egypt players celebrate after qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Sunday.

Egypt will now finish top of Group E, making sure of its place at the World Cup with a game to spare - against Ghana next month.

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