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Senegal declares public holiday after win

Article by: Dumisane Dube

Senegal’s President Macky Sall declared Monday a public holiday to celebrate the national football team’s first ever African Cup of Nations crown following their victory against Egypt, public television announced.

President Sall will award the team on Tuesday at the presidential palace.

Senegal won their first Afcon final after two previous defeats in finals in 2019 and 2002.

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 on Monday.

Led by Liverpool star Sadio Mane, Senegal overcame Mohamed Salah’s Egypt 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out at Sunday’s final in Cameroon. The game had finished goalless after extra time.

“The president of the republic declared Monday a public holiday, a paid day off, following the brilliant victory of the Lions,” public television announced.

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