The Lady Pharaohs suffered a 2-1 loss to 'Les Elephantes' in the second leg clash of the final round on Monday in Abidjan but the consolatory strike from Nevein Gamal was all the North Africans needed to confirm their ticket to the 10th edition in Cameroon later in the year.
Gamal scored four minutes from time to break the hearts of the Ivorians who were on the brink of qualification after first half strikes from Rebecca Elloh and Ines Tia N'rehy.
The result serves the major upset in the qualifiers thus far following the exploits of Cote d'Ivoire at the last edition two years ago in Namibia, where they finished third to qualify for the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time.
The Pharaohs, one of the pioneers of the women's flagship continental championship in 1998 in Nigeria, had to wait for nearly two decades for another shot amongst Africa's elite.
After failing to win a game at the maiden edition in 1998, the Egyptians were surprisingly ousted by Reunion two years later. The closest they came was in 2012 and 2014 but lost to Ethiopia and Tunisia respectively at the final round of the qualifiers.
The Pharaohs thus joins Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe, becoming the third team to qualify for the final tournament beside hosts Cameroon. The remaining four teams will be decided on Tuesday amongst eight teams including holders Nigeria.
The final tournament has been fixed for 19 November - 3 December in the Cameroonian cities of Yaounde and Limbe.
Sunday, 10 April 2016
*Equatorial Guinea 2-1 Mali (1-1)
Zambia 2-3 Zimbabwe* (0-1)
Monday, 11 April 2016
Cote d'Ivoire 2-1 Egypt* (0-1)
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Kenya vs Algeria (2-2)
Nigeria vs Senegal (1-1)
Ghana vs Tunisia (2-1)
South Africa vs Botswana (2-0
*Qualified for final tournament
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