The Pharaohs of Egypt have secured their place at next year’s African Cup of Nations finals after they posted a 2-0 victory over Tanzania in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.
The win on Saturday sees Egypt set a record-extending 23rd appearance at next year’s African Cup of Nations finals, their first since 2010.
Mohamed Salah was the hero for the Pharaohs; scoring twice in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.
The in-form AS Roma winger curled home a free kick on the stroke of halftime and finished off a breakaway 14 minutes after the restart as Egypt finished their Nations Cup qualifying campaign without a single defeat, helping coach Hector Cuper fulfil his first target with the ailing seven-time African champions.
Already, Egypt were almost assured of a place at next year’s Gabon finals when they beat Nigeria 1-0 at home in their previous qualifier in March, leaving Tanzania with no chance but to beat them by at least a three-goal margin to stand a chance of causing an upset.
Egypt will not play in the final round of the qualifiers due to the withdrawal of Chad and would nonetheless finish on top of Group G with 10 points from three wins and a draw, eight ahead of Nigeria and nine clear of Tanzania, who meet in a final meaningless qualifier.
Saturday’s win over Tanzania will also make Egypt a top-seed side in the anticipated draw for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, which will take place later this month.