When Senegal’s successful football team returned to the capital Dakar on Monday, a day after winning the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time, they were greeted like heroes. In honor of the historic feat, Monday was declared a national holiday, and tens of thousands of fans turned out to welcome the players home.
President Macky Sall, who had been traveling outside of the country, returned to Dakar to meet with the players.”You’re perched atop Africa. Thanks to your tenacity, talent, and dedication, you have restored the pride and honor that distinguishes great individuals.” President Macky Sall of Senegal. Senegal won the final 4-2 on penalties after the match ended 0-0 after extra time in Yaounde, Cameroon.
“We deserved it, we have been waiting for 60 years,” she told AFP news agency while wearing the Senegalese flag in her hair. The celebrations began straight after the final whistle on Sunday night, seconds after Liverpool’s Sadio Mane sealed the historic victory over Egypt on penalties.People poured on to the streets of Dakar, dancing and firing fireworks into the air. The authorities proceeded to declare Monday a national holiday.