Africa Cup of Nations champions Algeria arrived home, Saturday, to a hero’s welcome from a huge crowd of joyful supporters and a “water salute” for their plane at Algiers airport.
Also, photos and videos showed runners-up Senegal, who lost the final 1-0 to the Desert Foxes, arriving in Dakar to a massive reception by their fans.
“One, two, three, viva Algerie “Algeria”!” tens of thousands of flag-waving fans lining the road from the airport chanted as the players went on a victory parade through the capital in an open-top bus.
An early strike earned a 1-0 victory over Senegal in Friday’s final in Cairo, propelling Algeria, known as the Fennec foxes, to a first Cup of Nations title in 29 years.
The players, with winner’s medals around their necks and captain Riyad Mahrez hoisting the cup in the air, were given a red carpet welcome at the airport and greeted by Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui.
“This victory will very certainly breathe new life into the country,” said Kheireddine Zetchi, the president of the Algerian football federation.