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President Sisi receives Egypt's football team as it celebrates qualifying for World Cup 2018

The Egyptian national football team beat Congo 2-1 in a thrilling match on Sunday night, securing a place in Russia for the World Cup finals next year

Ahram Online , Monday 9 Oct 2017
President Sisi speaking to the national football team members in celebration of their qualification to the 2018 FIFA world cup in Russia

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received the Egyptian national football team at Cairo's El-Ittihadeya Palace on Monday, following Sunday's victory, which put Egypt through to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1990, state-run news agency MENA reported.

The Egyptian team will compete in their first football World Cup in 28 years, following a dramatic 2-1 victory over Congo at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium on Sunday night.

Egypt became the second African team to secure a place in the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, the other being Nigeria, with three more African sides yet to qualify from the group stage.

Following the game, El-Sisi expressed "his happiness at the Egyptian national team's achievement, thanking the players and technical staff for their great efforts during the World Cup qualifiers," according to a statement from the president's office.

El-Sisi said the players and technical staff members set an example to follow with their determination, adding that he anticipates more success from the players in the future.

A number of Arab leaders sent messages of congratulations to the Egyptian president after Sunday's win, said the statement.

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