Not since 1990 have Egypt qualified for the main tournament, but after the only perfect qualification run in the African section, all that stands in their way now is a two-legged play-off tie with Ghana, with the first leg taking place later today.
“You know it is a huge country and all the people there love football,” said Hull City player Elmohamady, who forms part of the Egyptian squad for today’s play-off tie.
“It is a huge, huge thing. Now we play in a qualifier for a World Cup, now we go against Ghana, just two games, home and away, and we have to win them. We have to all get together, concentrate on these two games, play them like the last two games of our life.”
Reaching the play-offs has been achieved despite Egypt having to play their home games behind closed doors due to security concerns, but Elmohamady says the support for the team has still been fantastic.
“It’s not been difficult,” added Elmohamady.
“There are things happening, of course, but we can play and know our fans are behind us. It has helped us, definitely.”