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

Ahram Online , Monday 9 Oct 2017

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

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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