CAIRO: The Egyptian national football team secured a spot in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon after a double from AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah that earned them a 2-0 victory over Tanzania in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.
Salah opened the scoring in the 44th minute with a free kick before he scored again in 59th minute to secure qualification for the seven-time African champions for the first time since 2010, the last of their three-tournament winning streak.
On the 53rd minutes, Tanzania’s Mbwana Samatta wasted a good opportunity to draw his team level when he blasted his penalty over The Pharaoh’s goalkeeper Essam al Hadary.
Substitute Amr Warda clumsily brought down a Tanzanian forward on 53 minutes but Ally Samatta blasted the ensuing spot kick high over as El-Hadary breathed a sigh of relief.
The match took place at the National Stadium in Dar Es Salaam with the presence of at least 50,000 Tanzanian fans.
The Pharaohs need to avoid a 4-0 defeat in order to officially seal their qualification to the AFCON, scheduled to take place in Gabon January 2017. However defeating Tanzania was crucial for Egypt’s FIFA ranking in order to guarantee a favorable draw for the 2018 World Cup CAF qualifying groups.