Football fans around the world might have stopped what they were doing to watch the World Cup draw in the Moscow’s Kremlin, but they certainly didn’t stop posting their reactions to social media as the World Cup draw started on.
The Pharaohs are back at the World Cup for the first time since 1990. They qualified with a game to spare, but in dramatic circumstances all the same, with Mohamed Salah sealing their place with a 94th-minute penalty winner against Congo.
Having netted a staggering 71 per cent of Egypt’s goals during Russia 2018 qualifying, and scored in every one of their third-round victories, the speedy, skilful Mohamed Salah is firmly established as Egypt’s key man.
Essam El Hadary will turn 45 in January and could become the oldest player to participate at a World Cup. The Egypt goalkeeper is one of only seven players to have appeared in six different preliminary competitions.
World Cup 2018 Draw: Who will Egypt face in Russia?
Russia were picked out first as the host nation and were given Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay. Egypt were handed a favourable draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after avoiding Argentina, Brazil and Germany.
And the opening game of the 2018 World Cup? It’s Russia vs Saudi Arabia which by current world rankings could be between the two worst teams at the tournament.
Group A 💪
Interactive Team Profiles 👇
🇷🇺Russia – https://t.co/H5agdsDha5
🇸🇦Saudi Arabia – https://t.co/xGiIXdMwv0
🇪🇬Egypt – https://t.co/3PMcWNuwzi
🇺🇾Uruguay – https://t.co/hsqcktF5D3#WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/n13H4bzzfB
— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 2017
Group A (Russia – Saudi Arabia – Egypt – Uruguay) and Group H (Poland – Senegal – Colombia – Japan) are the two groups with teams from four different continents.
Social Media Reaction for Egypt’s Group:
— Sheriff Shaheen (@SheriffShaheen) December 1, 2017
#WorldCupDraw Nobody should sleep on Egypt 🇪🇬 and Portugal will make the Semi Finals! Mexico will get out of their group. To be honest I am seen A France 🇫🇷 vs Germany 🇩🇪 Final! But Brazil is Brazil 🇧🇷 and I know they can’t wait to face Germany 🇩🇪 and England ? 😂😂
— Edson_promotions (@EDrmlx_x) December 1, 2017
— Kristin (@KristinGunners) December 1, 2017
The African country to watch at the 2018 World Cup is Egypt #WorldCupDraw
— iTourist (@Skharlifa) December 1, 2017
Mohamed Salah Vs. Luis Suarez!
— Kimeshnee Pillay (@KIMZY194) December 1, 2017
— lfcstuff (@stuffIfc) December 1, 2017
Mohamed ELNeny Tweet to Luis Suarez
@diegogodin @LuisSuarez9 @ECavaniOfficial
Get ready for the Pharaohs. We are not just 11 players , we are 100 million 😁💪🏻🏆🏆
استعدوا جيدا لمواجهة الفراعنة نحن لسنا مجرد 11 لاعب نحن 100 مليون مصري 😉 pic.twitter.com/fQIkrLUQI3
— Mohamed ELNeny (@elnenny) December 1, 2017
About Egypt Vs Saudia match:
مصر ، السعودية ، روسيا ، أورجواي .. يا هلا بالسعودية اول مرة نكون مع بعض في المونديال وفي مجموعة واحدة … نقدر نعملها ونسطر تاريخ جديد للعرب
— Essam El-Hadary (@ElHadary) December 1, 2017
900,000 Egyptians expats in Saudi. Egypt-Saudi will be interesting to say the least. #WorldCupDraw
— Mohammed (@think_B1G) December 1, 2017
Egypt vs Saudi Arabia
I cannot wait for the arabic commentary (I do not know Arabic)
— agdnan abdi (@AgdnanA) December 1, 2017
I don't think people realize how big Egypt vs Saudi Arabia will be, this is bigger than Brazil vs Argentina
— #APorLa13 (@abdulelakrat) December 1, 2017
Egypt to prepare for the tournament:
Egypt are hoping they can go further this time around, having demonstrated great defensive capabilities during their qualifying campaign although Argentinean boss Hector Cuper was heavily criticised for what many deem the team’s lack of entertaining football.
The five World Cup teams from Africa will get $500,000 each from the continental governing body to help prepare for the tournament.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) says the money is ‘mainly to strengthen and improve the technical supervision of each team. The football federations of Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia will also get $1.5 million from FIFA toward their preparations.