How Many Times Senegal has won AFCON? Total Finals and Prize Money
Senegal created history by defeating Egypt this Sunday in the AFCON 2021 finals and we at Alley Sport brings How Many Times Senegal has won AFCON? Total Finals and Prize Money.
How Many Times Senegal has won AFCON?
Senegal have one of the best teams in the African Cup but always looked lost in the AFCON. They are the only team that reached the World Cup Quarter Finals. But the dream of AFCON always terrorized them. It was a nightmare to the West African nation. They were the only team in AFCON history to reach two finals without ever winning one, and a third defeat at the last hurdle would have been a massive mental hurdle for future generations to overcome.
When Mane missed the penalty in the early hour of the match, it was as if God himself is not supporting Senegal. But, a piece of redemption was gratefully taken by the Liverpool superstar- Sadio Mane. The player of the tournament fired his nation to the first ever AFCON title, a trophy that Senegal have so longed for was finally theirs.
Sunday’s victory was the result of Cisse and his staff’s tireless efforts in the nearly seven years since they took over the Lions, who were then ranked below the top 60 in FIFA’s world rankings. The man who missed the decisive penalty in the final shootout in Bamako 20 years ago, was perhaps the most happy man in the Stade d’Olembe, having made history as Senegal’s first AFCON-winning head coach.
Before Sunday’s finals against Egypt, Senegal did manage to reach the AFCON finals twice, but failed to win one. But, that wasn’t the case this Sunday, as Kalidou Koulibaly’s Senegal broke all stereotypes and clinched their first ever AFCON title.
“I dedicate this [victory] to the people of Senegal,” Cisse told ESPN after the match. “From independence to now, we never had a star on our shirt … and now we have the first one.
“We deserved it, and when you consider the match in its entirety, and I never doubted.”
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will pay Senegal $5 million (£3.7 million) for winning the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, ahead of Egypt.
CAF will also pay Egypt $2.75 million (£2 million) for losing the AFCON 2021 final to Senegal and Cameroon $2.2 million (£1.6 million) for winning the third-place final (Bronze medal), according to The Sportsgrail.
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