The President of Senegal, Macky Sall, has awarded cash prizes and plots of land to members of the national team after after last weekend’s victory over Egypt in the African Cup of Nations.
The Senegalese beat Egypt 4-2 on penalties to become Africa’s football champions for the first time.
Speaking at a ceremony in Dakar on Tuesday, President Macky Sall, reaffirmed the pride the team had brought to the country.
“We dreamed of the cup, you built this dream and you made it come true. Finally, the Africa Cup of Nations is here with us.”
“You have made us proud by making the name of Senegal resound all around the world. You have honoured the nation, and in return, the nation you are so proud of owes you honours,” the president said.
During the ceremony, the Senegalese president appointed team members to the country’s prestigious Order of the Lion.
Sall awarded the players Senegal’s highest order, making them Grand Officers of the National Order of the Lion.
“In addition, as a token of gratitude, and on behalf of the nation, the players and other members of the official delegation will each receive a special bonus of 50 million franc CFA ($87,412) and a 200 square metre plot of land in Dakar,” Sall said.
He added that they would also receive a 500 square metre plot for a commemorative estate in Diamniadio, a new futuristic economic and industrial hub around 45 km from Dakar where a new national soccer stadium will be inaugurated on February 22.
Senegal have narrowly lost twice before in the AFCON final, in 2019 and 2002.