Red carpet reception for African Youth Champions Mali

Champions of the 2019 Total Africa U-20 Africa Cup of Nations, Mali, were treated to a red carpet reception upon arrival back home after defeating their Senegalese counterparts 3-2 on penalties in the final on Sunday in Niamey, Niger.

Upon arrival at the Modibo Kéita Sénou International Airport in Bamako via a chartered-plane, the team was warmly welcomed following their historic feat.

Captain Aboubacar Clement Kanoute was the first person to come out from the aircraft, holding aloft the trophy to the delight of the thousands of supporters who had travelled from far and near to welcome the victorious team.

The team was met on arrival by Government Officials, members of the Normalization Committee led by Chairperson Fatoumata Guindo as well as members of the civil society.

The players were surrounded by scores of fans who had waited anxiously, and chanted victory songs as the festivities reached fever-pitch.

At the Arrival Hall, they were escorted by security personnel whilst a section of the fans and beloved ones queued for autographs and photos with their favorite players.

The team then headed for the Mamadou Konate Stadium, Kouluba District of the capital Bamako, where over 8000 persons from all walks of life gathered to receive and celebrate the heroes from Niger.

This is the First continental title for Mali at this level after the same group of players conquered Africa at the U-17 level in 2017.

Champions Mai, Senegal, South Africa and Nigeria will represent Africa at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland from May 23 to June15 this year.
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