SENEGALESE, at home and in the diaspora, from Kedougou to Saint Louis, were in cloud 7 on Sunday, following the victory of their country’s national football team, the Terange Lions, over the Pharaoh’s, its Egyptian counterpart, at the revised 2021 African continental soccer fiesta.
For the feat, the country’s President, Macky Sall, who is the new head of the African Union, AU, declared Monday, February 7, 2022, a national public holiday.
According to the AFP, Sall made the declaration in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday, while fielding questions from newsmen during the closing ceremony of the 35th ordinary session of the assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Lion’s victory is coming after previous defeats in two finals, 2002 and 2019. However, the team won the tournament with a pulsating 4-2 penalty shootout scoreline after a grueling 90 minutes of regular play and an additional half an hour of extra time.
It is the first ever Cup of Nations title for the French-speaking West African nation famous for its rich culture and African traditional heritage.
A statement released on state television, RTS, revealed that besides the public holiday, President Sall will also be hosting the players and officials all of whom he will decorate with honours on Tuesday at the Presidential Palace, Dakar.
“The president of the republic declared Monday a public holiday, a paid day off, following the brilliant victory of the Lions,” RTS, which quoted a presidential statement said.