Algiers welcomes AFCON 2019 winners, Mahrez leads Foxes’ Trophy Parade

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Algeria team on the open top bus as they parade the AFCON trophy | Getty

Fans, in their thousands welcomed The Desert Foxes, fresh from their conquest at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The capital city Algiers was a sea of green as the new heroes went on their procession with the AFCON trophy in an Open top Bus.

 

Just the night before, Algeria made it 7 out of 7, going the entire competition without a defeat; capping it with a 1-0 victory over Senegal 1-0 in Cairo; it was their first title since 1990.

 

Captain Riyad Mahrez, the Manchester City winger, and his team-mates were greeted by Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui.

 

 

Islam Slimani, Rais M’Bolhi and Riyad Mahrez with the trophy

 

The bus was decorated with two stars to mark a second Cup of Nations triumph.

 

The words “we are proud of you” were written on the side of the bus in Arabic and Amazigh, the North African country’s two official languages.

 

“This victory will very certainly breathe new life into the country,” said Kheireddine Zetchi, the president of the Algerian football federation.”

 

Real Madrid Manager and former France International, Zinedine Zidane posted a message on Instagram to celebrate the team’s victory.

 

His post read:

My Big Brother Farid ❤ must be proud 🇩🇿 Congratulations to the Algerian team, The victory of a whole people ... One, Two, Three, Viva Algeria ⭐⭐
I will continue to shine his star ⭐ every day of my life ...

 

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