It was Salah who broke the deadlock on 63 minutes, though, benefiting from a poor headed clearance to race through on goal and poke past Lille goalkeeper Barel Mouko and make it 1-0.
Liverpool star Salah scored the last-gasp spot kick to seal the 2-1 victory over Congo.
After making his worldwide debut in 1996, goalkeeper Essam El Hadary could make history in Russian Federation next summer by becoming the oldest player to appear at a World Cup is he is selected by their Argentine coach Hector Cuper.
And now he has been honoured in his hometown of Basyoun after sealing his country's first appearance at the showpiece for the first time in 28 years.
However, late on, Arnold Bouka-Moutou equalised for the hosts to stun the home fans. "When I stepped up to take the penalty, I didn't think of anything but scoring and winning the game".
Magdi Abdelghani, who scored Egypt's sole goal in the 1990 World Cup against the Netherlands, can finally stop rubbing it in our faces.
Fans took to social media to post collages of Salah dressed as a king and others devised a play on words for "Sabah el-kheir", Arabic for good morning, by changing it to "Salah el-kheir".
The Egyptian cabinet led by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail also congratulated Sisi, the Egyptian people and the national team for the snatched victory.
When the African qualifiers for Russian Federation 2018 started, Mohamed Salah was starring with Roma, where he become the club's second top scorer with 15 goals and the Serie A's second best in assists (11) during the 2016/17 season.