SENEGAL’S PRESIDENT DECLARES TODAY AS A NATIONAL HOLIDAY TO CELEBRATE AFCON VICTORY

After Senegal’s triumph against Egypt in the African Cup of Nations final, President Macky Sall proclaimed Monday a national holiday to honor the nation’s first-ever championship in football.

Senegal defeated Egypt’s Mohamed Salah 4-2 on penalties in Sunday’s final in Cameroon, led by Liverpool star Sadio Mane. Extensive overtime had failed to produce a goal.

Senegal finally won the Cup of Nations after two heartbreaking losses in the finals (2002 and 2019).

RTS television reports that Sall will adorn the Lions at the presidential palace in Dakar on Tuesday.

A public holiday has been announced in honor of the Lions’ “great triumph,” according to RTS, citing a presidential order.

AFCON 2021: CAF SLAPS GABON WITH $20,000 FINE

Gabon have been slapped with a fine of $20,000 by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

This follows the country’s decision to change the hotel assigned to them for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.

According to CAF’s Disciplinary Board, Gabon violated the continental football governing body’s regulations and directives after changing their hotel without permission.

A statement from CAF said: The CAF Disciplinary Board found Gabon guilty and imposed a fine of USD 20 000 for non-compliance with CAF’s directives.”

Meanwhile, the Panthers were involved in a brawl in the aftermath of their last game against the Black Stars last Friday.