LIVE: Egypt v Congo | World Cup Qualification | October 8th 2017

LIVE: Egypt v Congo | World Cup Qualification | October 8th 2017 Match Info: Match Kick Off at 19:00 Cairo local time | 13:00 ET Canada-USA Venue: Borg El...
Egypt v Congo
Egypt v Congo October 8th 2017

LIVE: Egypt v Congo | World Cup Qualification | October 8th 2017

Match Info:

Match Kick Off at 19:00 Cairo local time | 13:00 ET Canada-USA
Venue: Borg El Arab, Alexandria, EGYPT
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)

It has never been that close for World Cup-hungry Egypt to qualify for football’s most prestigious showpiece.

The Pharaohs lost in two playoffs in the qualifying campaigns of the previous two editions but Russia 2018 comes calling this year after Ghana played out a 0-0 draw at Uganda in a controversial match on Saturday where several decisive refereeing decisions went against the Black Stars.

The stalemate means Egypt will book a World Cup spot for the first time in almost three decades with one match to spare in Group E if they beat Congo in Alexandria on Sunday.

Egypt lead the group with nine points and should they overcome Congo, they will gain an unassailable four-point lead over nearest challengers Uganda before facing Ghana away from home in the final round next month.

Many stars of the current Egypt side were not even born when the national team made the last of their two World Cup appearances in 1990 in Italy.

Since then, there have been some near-misses and heartbreaking stories for the seven-time African champions, including a controversial decision to replay a qualifier against Zimbabwe in 1993 and a couple of costly missed chances in front of an open goal in the 2002 qualifiers.

Egypt also looked on the brink of ending their barren run in 2009 and 2013, only to lose to Algeria and Ghana in two playoffs respectively. The latter loss was particularly painful, with Egypt suffering a humiliating 7-3 aggregate defeat by a mighty Ghana side.

LIVE: Egypt v Congo | World Cup Qualification | October 8th 2017

Match Kick Off at 19:00 Cairo local time | 13:00 ET Canada-USA

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