Mohamed Salah of Egypt (r) celebrates goal with Abdallah El Said
Wednesday Oct 11, 2017. 13:00
In the wake of their return to world football, Egypt president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has rewarded the Pharaohs for their qualification to FIFA World Cup.
Media reports reveal that al-Sisi has given coach Hector Cuper's men a bonus of $US85,000 each as they clinched a spot at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
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Egypt bagged a 2-1 win over Congo Brazzaville on Sunday in their penultimate qualifier and saw them qualify for the global tournament for the first time in 28 years.
"I am proud of all the players but especially of Mo Salah, who was brave enough to take the crucial penalty," said al-Sisi to the BBC.
"Also thank you to coach Cuper who has made our dreams come true."
Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah expressed his pride at the achievement.
"We are determined to make the country and continent proud in Russia," Salah adds.
"I am very happy to lead Egypt to a World Cup after 28 years and to make a 100 million proud of us."