AFCON 2019: Champions Algeria return home to hero's welcome

AFCON 2019: Champions Algeria return home to hero's welcome

Trumpets, drums and flags were used by the huge number of crowd that greeted the Algeria national team as they return home from a successful campaign in Egypt.

An early goal scored by Baghdad Bounedjah through deflection was all the Desert Foxes needed to beat Senegal 1-0 and crowned AFCON 2019 champions, for the first time in 29 years.

On return at the Algiers airport on Saturday, “One, two, three, viva 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, AFP report.

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.

Their bus was decorated with two stars, marking their second African Cup triumph, and emblazoned with the words “We are proud of you” in Arabic and Amazigh, or Berber, the North African country’s two official languages.

The scenes on the packed streets were familiar for Algeria where massive crowds have been taking part for the past several months, especially on Fridays, in anti-regime demonstrations.

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