Instead, the result sees Egypt return to the World Cup for the first time since 1990.
Egypt entertains Congo at the Alexandria based Burg El Arab stadium on Sunday 8 October as the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifications Group E enters its penultimate round.
Salah opened the scoring in the 63rd minute on Sunday evening, but his effort was cancelled out by Arnold Bouka Moutou two minutes from the end of regular time.
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But Congo threatened to turn party-poopers as substitute Moutou, a France-based defender, beat 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary from inside the box.
In the three decades since their last World Cup appearance, Egypt have won four Africa Cup of Nations titles - in 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010 - but never taken that form into World Cup qualifying.
Their latest attempt to do so had seen Argentine coach Cuper forced to take medication for high blood pressure.