Winger Mohamed Salah scored twice as the Pharaohs defeated Congo 2-1, securing victory with a last-gasp penalty to put Egypt four points clear with one match left in their African group E qualifying campaign.
Salah has been in fine form for the Reds this season too, scoring six goals and providing two assists in just 11 games.
The president had special praise for match-winner Mohamed Salah, who scored a penalty in injury time to secure the qualification "I am proud of all the players but especially of Mo Salah who was fearless enough to take the crucial penalty".
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"I can't really express how I feel, I don't quite talk so much but I'm really proud. We realised a long-awaited dream", said Salah.
"I am very happy to lead Egypt to a World Cup after 28 years and to make a 100 million proud of us".
Despite the support given to the national team by Egyptians and Arab fans who celebrated the win, football clubs in Egypt have not enjoyed such support since their vital role during the uprising of 25 January 2011.
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Salah also told Ahram how he had stayed calm amid a frenzied atmosphere when taking the penalty.
"The game was a hard one tonight and all the qualifiers were hard games as well".
"I am proud of all the players but especially of Mo Salah who was fearless enough to take the crucial penalty", the president said.
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"The most hard moment in my life was when the fans fell silent following Congo's equaliser but thank God we finally realised a childhood dream of my own".