Thousands of fans celebrate Egypt's qualification

Thousands of fans celebrate Egypt's qualification

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah converted a stoppage-time penalty to give Egypt a 2-1 win over Congo on Sunday and a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. It is surprising to see Niger who are participating for the first time in the under 17 World Cup.

A 2-1 win over Congo Brazzaville saw them qualify for the global showpiece for the first time since 1990.

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

"The game was a hard one and all the qualifiers were hard games as well, today there is no big difference between every team and the other".

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.

"I am so happy today".

"The joy of victory has just removed the Egyptians' worries and sufferings from price hikes and given them hope for a future happiness through our national football team", said Heba Abdel-Rady, 25, who is also from Luxor.

The game was held in front of a capacity crowd of 30,000 at a military stadium in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, a reminder of the political turmoil Egypt has endured over the last six years.

Aboutrika played for the national team between 2001 and 2013, winning the African Cup of Nations twice and scoring 38 goals - but never qualifying for the World Cup. Argentine coach Hector Cuper led Egypt to the ACoN final in February on that return, where they lost to Cameroon.

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