Senegal Declares Today National Public Holiday to Mark #AFCON2021 Win
Senegal has declared today, Monday a national holiday to celebrate her first ever African Cup of Nations trophy after a tough match against Egypt at the finals on Sunday night.
winning its first ever Africa Cup of Nations.
The country’s capital, Dakar was left in loud cheer, after Liverpool’s Sadio Mane sealed victory over Egypt on penalties.
“When the win came, it was just indescribable. People just jumping on their feet, crying, hugging each other,” a BBC reporter in Dakar said.
A triumphal reception is expected when the victorious team returns home from Cameroon later on Monday.
Tens of thousands of jubilant fans took to the streets of Dakar late into the night on Sunday, waving national flags, dancing and firing fireworks into the air
“We waited a long time. [The cup] is finally here. We really needed it,” ecstatic fan Modou Ba, 25, told the AFP news agency.
There were also scenes of jubilation in the French capital, Paris, home to a large Senegalese community. Thousands of celebrating supporters gathered at the Arc du Triomphe.
The winning penalty was scored by captain Sadio Mane, who shared this photo of him in bed with the trophy, wearing a winners’ medal.
Senegalese President Macky Sall cut short a foreign tour to hold an official reception for the African champions on Tuesday.
In a tweet, he congratulated the team, saying: “What a game! What a team! You did it. Beautiful moment of football, beautiful moment of communion and national pride. Congratulations to our heroes.”
Senegal won its first ever African Cup of Nations after a penalty shootout against seven-times winners Egypt.
Senegal were twice runners up, in 2019 and 2002.