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Sports Egypt rewards Pharaohs with $85,000 each for World Cup slot

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They qualified after beating Congo 2-1

Egypt's players celebrate after scoring a goal during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Uganda, at the Borg al-Arab Stadium near Alexandria, on September 5, 2017 play Egypt's players celebrate qualification to Russia 2018 (AFP/File)

Egypt’s national football team have been rewarded with $85,000 each by the state after qualification to the World Cup in Russia next year.

The Pharaoh’s 2-1 win over Congo Brazzaville at a filled to capacity Borg Al Arab Stadium ensured  return to football’s greatest showpiece for the first time in 28 years.

The reward was announced by president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi during  meeting with the team with Liverpool star Mohammed Salah coming in for special praise after his heroics .

“I am proud of all the players but especially of Mo Salah who was brave enough to take the crucial penalty," the president said.

"Also thank you to coach Cuper who has made our dreams come true."

Sarah also expressed the team’s determination to make Egypt proud during the tournament.

"We are determined to make the country and continent proud in Russia," Salah said.

"I am very happy to lead Egypt to a World Cup after 28 years and to make a 100 million proud of us."

Egypt qualified ahead of Uganda and rivals Ghana.