The Senegal national team squad received a special gift from President Macky Sall after winning the 2022 African Cup of Nations. They received a cash prize plus land.
The Senegal national team won the 2022 African Cup of Nations after beating Egypt in the final match which was held at the Olembe Stadium, Monday (07/02/202) early morning WIB.
The squad nicknamed Les Lions de la Teranga became champions after beating Egypt on penalties with a score of 4-2 after a 0-0 draw for 120 minutes.
This title is the first time the Senegalese national team has won the Africa Cup of Nations. According to President Macky Sall, the Senegal national team squad has made the country and society proud with this impressive achievement.
With your vital strength and creative genius, you have turned the course of history,” Macky Sall said in his speech .
The Senegal national team squad each received a cash prize of US$87 thousand (Rp1.25 billion). In addition, they were also given 200 square meters of land near the town of Diamniadio.
Welcomed like a Hero
The Senegalese government even set February 7, 2022 as a national holiday. This was done to welcome the arrival of the Senegal National Team .
The Senegal national team squad was then greeted like heroes after arriving in the capital city of Dakar with the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations trophy. The crowd welcomed the players.
In addition to providing cash and land prizes, President Macky Sall also bestowed the highest honor in the form of the Order of the National Lion to the entire squad. It was given for their services who have made the country proud.
Sadio Mane, the Humble and Generous Hero of Senegal at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
Sadio Mane managed to help the Senegal national team win the 2021 African Cup of Nations . This achievement made Mane even more loved and adored by the Senegalese public.
Senegal meets Egypt in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations final match at Olembe Stadium, Yaounde, Monday (7/2/2022) early morning WIB. Both applied a 4-3-3 formation, both teams appeared attacking since the ball was rolled out.
However, no goals were created for 120 minutes. As a result, the determination of the winner must be done by penalty shootout.
Sadio Mane became the fifth executor when the Senegal national team won 3-2 over Egypt. The ball from Mane’s 12 shot into the bottom left corner could not be stopped by the Egyptian goalkeeper, Mohamed Abougabal.
Senegal finally locked the win with a score of 4-2. These results make the Senegal national team entitled to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations trophy, as well as the first in the tournament.
For Sadio Mane, this title feels special. In addition to bringing the Senegal national team to their inaugural trophy at the Africa Cup of Nations, he also completed failure in 2019.
At the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations , the team nicknamed The Lions of Teranga also made it to the final. However, Sadio Mane et al. failed to come out as champions due to a 0-1 defeat of Algeria.
Sadio Mane said that the success of the Senegal national team in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations could not be separated from the hard work of all the players. In addition, Mane had the support of his team-mates when he failed to find the net through the penalty spot in the seventh minute.
“When I missed the first penalty in the seventh minute it was a big blow for me. But my team-mates came to me and said ‘Sadio, we lost together and we won together. We know you. You’ve done too much for the team. let’s go on,” said Mane.
“All the players came to me and said ‘Sadio, we trust you’ and that gave me even more motivation. This trophy belongs to the whole Senegal team – everyone deserves it,” said Sadio Mane.