Egypt have taken a big step towards playing at next yearâ€™s World Cup with their slim win in Rwanda, according to their coach.
Egypt coach, Hassan Shehata, has saluted his players for winning all three points on a tricky trip away in Rwanda on Saturday, saying this was an important step in their quest to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.
â€œThe players did their best and rose to the occasion against a stubborn opponent,â€ Shehata told Egyptian Radio after Ahmed Hassanâ€™s 67th minute match winner gave the African champions full points in Kigali.
â€œIt was a big obstacle but we managed to clear it to take an important step towards reaching the World Cup.
â€œWe will now concentrate on the remaining games to fulfill the fansâ€™ dreams.â€
Egypt were victorious even with several key players like Mohamed Zidan, Amr Zaki, Mohamed Aboutrika and Mahmoud Fathallah.
â€œThere are some players who will boost us in the coming games when they return from injury,â€ Shehata added.
Egypt, who have two matches remaining, are still second in Group Three with seven points, behind leaders Algeria on goal difference.
Only the group winners will qualify for next yearâ€™s World Cup finals in South Africa.
OK, so the Birmingham man nutmegged one player as he embarked upon a 40-yard run to take the ball round the goalkeeper, but I defy anyone to set the record straight in the pubs around Glasgow this weekend.
Upon the final whistle many emotions enveloped Hampden.
Burley punched the air as he recorded win number three from 11 games. The Scotland fans rejoiced that the dream is still on.
McFadden, who was booked and now misses the Netherlands match, demonstrated that he had come down with the â€˜Four-letter-word Fluâ€™ that his manager had suffered from in his Friday news conference.
Speaking to Chick Young live on BBC Radio Scotland, he forgot himself as his ire bubbled over at the refereeâ€™s decision to produce the card following one of several melees in the first period.
Other players giving post-match interviews appeared subdued, while Burley cut a stoic figure as he answered journalistsâ€™ questions.
Perhaps itâ€™s because they know they have only won the first part of a still-unlikely double.