Sadio Mané seemed a bit dreamy in his hotel bed with medal around his neck and cup in arm.
“Well slept?”, Afforded Association Employee at Twitter asked for corresponding images after the first triumph of the Senegalese football national team at the Africa Cup.
And the party in the West African country was not over yet: Around noon, the big reception is in the home, also President Macky Sall was expected at the airport. “We won as a team as country,” Torwart Edouard Mendy said.
Decision in penalties
The victory in the final against the seven-time African-champion Egypt around Manés Liverpooler teammates Mohamed Salah was fought hard. After 120 goatless minutes, the decision in penalties fell, the decisive shot to 4: 2 turned: of course Mané.
The 29-year-old was also taught to the player of the tournament, in the 7th minute of the final he had a faulerfeter still awarded. “It was a long journey, it was difficult and sometimes complicated. But we never abandoned,” said coach Aliou Cissé.
The Africa Cup complies with its continental importance of the European Championship – and accordingly, the enthusiasm fell out in the Olembé Stadium. Fireworks, drums, flags: the victory of the lions of Teranga, so the title of the national team, attracted young and old on the streets.
Even the noisy Vuvuzela – the long trade fair, which shaped the football world championship in South Africa in 2010 – was re-crowned and blown off. Ursula von der Leyen apparently had a sense of timing: The EU Commission President will arrive this week in Senegal’s capital Dakar.
Proud Cissé: “We are Africa masters”
The pictures of the final shaped this year’s Africa Cup – as well as the shocking scenes at the end of January. Before the eighth place had a mass panic before the Stade d’Olembé in the capital of host cameroon had cost eight people life.
But it was continued. The football should help – also to make political instability in Cameroon with peephones and overflow experiments or to forget the heavy economic consequences of Corona restrictions for the moment.
Senegalese from all over the world Posted in the social media scenes owed pleasure: finally a reason to swing the national flag with pride to the home.
No wonder president Sall declared the Monday to the holiday for the trunken population. Even from the Commission Chairman of the African Union (AU), Moussa Faki Mahamat, came congratulations.
“We are africa master,” said coach Cissé, who was in the final as a player in 2002 in the final. “This proves the mental strength of this generation.”
20 years ago, Senegal lost in penalties against Cameroon, Cissé belonged to the miss then. “I dedicate this trophy Aliou Cisse,” Mané said according to media reports. “When I got the penalty (in the 7th minute), I immediately thought of him – and when I turned the last penalty, I immediately thought of him again.”