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Senegal Declares National Holiday To Celebrate AFCON Victory

President Sall will present the team with a special gift on Tuesday at his palace, according to RTS media.

The President of Senegal has declared public holiday in the country after the national team won the 2021 African Cup of Nations on Sunday.

President Macky Sall declared Monday a work-free day to continue the celebration.

The president, who is currently out of the country, has halted his trip to welcome the triumphant Lions on their return to Dakar at 1 pm GMT Monday, RTS public television said.

President Sall will present the team with a special gift on Tuesday at his palace, according to RTS media.

Senegal had won the AFCON for the first time in their history after reaching the final twice before – in 2019 and 2022.

Sadio Mane converted the winning penalty in a 4-2 shootout victory over Egypt at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, on Sunday, denying the Pharaohs a record-extending eighth continental title. The game had finished goalless after extra time.

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