Senegal declares national holiday to celebrate AFCON victory

Senegal’s President has declared Monday a public holiday to celebrate the national football team’s first Africa Cup of Nations title following their victory against Egypt, public television announced.

Sadio Mane converted the winning penalty in a 4-2 shootout victory over Egypt at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, on Sunday, denying the Pharaohs a record-extending eighth continental title.

The game had finished goalless after extra time.

Macky Sall, who had been due to visit Comoros at the end of a trip that took in Egypt and Ethiopia, cancelled the last leg in order to welcome the triumphant Lions on their return to Dakar.

After two previous final defeats in 2002 and 2019, Senegal finally claimed their first Cup of Nations title.

The Lions will be decorated by President Sall on Tuesday at the presidential palace in Dakar.

“The president of the republic declared Monday a public holiday, a paid day off, following the brilliant victory of the Lions,” reports from the West African nation noted.

Senegal have been Africa’s top-ranked side for the past three years under coach Cisse, who as a player missed a crucial penalty in the 2002 final defeat and was in the dugout for their loss in 2019.

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