Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has given a bonus of $85,000 (£65,000) to each of the players who clinched a place at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
A 2-1 win over Congo Brazzaville saw them qualify for the global showpiece for the first time since 1990.
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 brave enough to take the crucial penalty.”
He also thanked Argentine coach Hector Cuper for making “our dreams come true.”
During the meeting with the president, Cuper said:
Maybe we don’t play beautiful football but we are at the World Cup and that’s the most important thing.”