With 60 seconds of added time remaining, Pharaohs star forward Mohamed Salah stepped up to take the penalty that decided his countries fate. Salah placed the ball in the bottom-right corner securing the country’s opportunity.
This win symbolizes a great deal of unity and perseverance for a country recently under revolution, and a national team that had their 2011-12 and 2012-13 domestic seasons cancelled following the Port Said stadium disaster. An incident where the crowd rushed the field rioting and 74 were killed. In fact, Egypt was competing at this year’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the first time since 2011’s Arab Spring swept across the Middle East and North Africa.
“Tears were rolling from the eyes of everyone; the players, the staff on the bench, the security officers, This means so much for Egypt. We are making history.”
Stadium Announcer, Later interviewed by CNN
Egypt becomes the second team of five to qualify for the World Cup from The Confederation of African Football’s Preliminary Competition following Nigeria. The 2018 FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia starts June 14th.
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