SELFIE-hunting fans desperate for snaps with Mo Salah caused Egypt’s World Cup qualifier against Angola to be held up THREE times.
Police were called into action to remove the over-eager youngsters, all seeking photos with Africa’s most famous footballer.
Playing around the interruptions, Salah inspired his team-mates to secure the point they needed to win Group F with a game to spare.
The draw also denied Gabon the chance of stealing the play-off place in a decisive final group game in Egypt next week.
Gabon surprised Libya 1-0 a few hours before the Angola-Egypt game kicked off thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty early in the second half.
It ended Libya’s own hopes of making the play-offs and kept Gabon’s faint chances alive.
Egypt went into the match knowing they needed just a draw and found themselves 2-0 down after 36 minutes.
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But goals from Mohamed Elneny and Akram Tawfik both set up by skipper Salah clinched the draw.
Egypt joined Morocco, Senegal and Mali, who had already qualified for the 10-team play-offs in March.
Only the group winners progress to Africa’s play-offs and the other six teams will be decided by Tuesday when the group stage ends.
The five winners of the two-leg play-offs will be Africa’s representatives at the World Cup in Qatar.
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