Mohamed Salah says that guiding Egypt to World Cup qualification is “a childhood dream” come true.
Salah scored both goals as Egypt beat Congo 2-1 to secure their place at Russia next summer.
The Liverpool forward converted a stoppage-time penalty to end Egypt’s 28-year wait to qualify for a World Cup.
Salah is now the top scorer in African qualifying with five goals, and he admits it is a “childhood dream” to take Egypt to a World Cup.
“I can’t really express how I feel,” Salah told Ahram newspaper. “I don’t quite talk so much but I’m really proud. Today we realized a long-awaited dream.
“That was to me a dream come true, whether as a footballer or an Egyptian citizen and fan. I’m proud I made the Egyptians happy today by scoring today twice against Congo.
“The game was a difficult one tonight and all the qualifiers were difficult games as well, today there is no big difference between every team and the other.
“When I stepped up to take the penalty, I didn’t think of anything but scoring and winning the game.
“The most difficult moment in my life was when the fans fell silent following Congo’s equalizer but thank God we finally realized a childhood dream of my own.”