Egypt beat Mauritius 1-0 on Saturday to pick up three vital points and reignite their qualifying propects for Tunisia 2004.
Ahmed Mido's goal made the difference
The match was settled by a goal from Spanish-based striker Ahmed Mido. The Celta Vigo forward headed home the decisive goal just before half-time.
Mido's strike gives the 'Pharaohs' their first win and are now second in group 10 - three points behind surprise leaders Madagascar.
Although this was far from an impressive display by Egypt, the result will be a big boost in their push for a place at the 2004 finals in Tunisia.
Security fears centred on the war in Iraq forced the game to be played in front of just 800 invited guests.
No tickets were sold for the match with invites being sent to officials, players, sponsors and youngsters from the
football academy of a local club.
Football in Mauritius has also been plagued for decades by clashes between the country's different racial groups.
Ethnic and religious violence on the island in 1999 resulted in a 19-month ban on all international matches hosted in Mauritius.