Egypt’s President Rewards Players’ $85,000 Each For Winning World Cup Ticket
Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has given a bonus of $US85,000 to each of the players for qualifying the country for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia 28 years after.
The president announced the reward on Monday as he met the Argentine coach Hector Cuper and the players. Egypt secured the ticket after beating Congo Brazzaville 2-1 to book their place at the Mundial for the first time since 1990.
“Maybe we don’t play beautiful football but we are at the World cup and that’s the most important thing,” Cuper said. “I am proud of all the players but especially of Mo Salah who was brave enough to take the crucial penalty. Also thank you to coach Cuper who has made our dreams come true,” the president said.
In his own reaction, Liverpool forward Salah was full of excitement for scoring the goal that secured the Pharaohs ticket for the largest global football show-piece.
“We are determined to make the country and continent proud in Russia. I am very happy to lead Egypt to a World Cup after 28 years and to make a 100 million proud of us.”
The Pharaohs are making their third World Cup appearance in Russia next year, having represented Africa in 1930 and 1990 respectively.