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In a ceremony, Senegal president also appointed team members to the West African country's prestigious Order of the Lion, as thousands of fans cheered outside the gates.
Many countries that competed in the Africa Cup of Nations are enduring security, economic and political crises, but the tournament offers visions of unity, solidarity and joy.
AFCON 2021: Senegal beat Egypt on penalties for first title, Sadio Mane named Player of the tournament
Senegal's celebrations followed a disappointing final, the fifth in the last 11 editions of the tournament to be decided in a shoot-out after a goalless draw.
Africa's top-ranked national team, Senegal will find out their opponents in Sunday's final on Thursday, when hosts Cameroon take on Egypt in the second semi.
AFCON 2021: Salah’s decisive penalty helps Egypt advance to quarters as organisers shift two matches in Cameroon
The Liverpool star smashed home his spot-kick with the Ivory Coast's Eric Bailly the only player to miss in the shoot-out in Douala, which Egypt won 5-4 after the last-16 tie finished goalless at the end of extra time.
At a refugee camp in Minawao, in Cameroon's Far North region, the girls took up football, forming a team with whatever equipment came to hand.
Ghana captain Andre Ayew dismissed Gabon as a "small team" as a controversial late equaliser saw Friday's Africa Cup of Nations clash between the sides finish 1-1.
Cameroon's fine victory was played out in front of vast swathes of empty seats at the 60,000-capacity Olembe Stadium, with supporters in the football-mad country choosing to stay away from venues in large numbers.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored the only goal on 30 minutes as Nigeria overcame lacklustre Egypt 1-0.
Wright said the tournament was being treated differently from Euro 2020, which took place earlier this year, highlighting the issue of player release.
The latest edition of the tournament – which features the champions of the six continental confederations along with the top team in the host nation – was due to be played at the end of this year in Japan before it pulled out as host because of the pandemic.
Algeria and the Ivory Coast were placed in Group E with Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea when the draw was made in Yaounde on Tuesday.
A virtual executive committee meeting chaired by recently elected president Patrice Motsepe from South Africa also decided that a draw to divide the 24 qualifiers into six groups will be held on 25 June.
Africa Cup of Nations 2021 qualifiers: Nigeria's Alex Iwobi cleared to play against Lesotho after testing COVID-19 negative
Iwobi missed the qualifier in Benin on Saturday after apparently testing positive for COVID-19.
Diop was also part of the team that lost to Cameroon on penalties in the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations final.
The Gabon squad, including Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, were forced to sleep on the floor at a Gambian airport before an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier recently.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-led Gabon accuse Gambia of 'inhumane' treatment, detain players for eight hours at airport
A Confederation of African Football (CAF) official told reporters in Banjul that the Gabonese did not produce Covid-19 test results while insisting they had been performed before leaving Libreville.
Salah, who has scored eight league goals for Liverpool this season, could miss the Premier League champions' next two matches.
The two victories lifted Senegal, currently the top ranked national team in Africa, to a maximum 12 points from four matches in Group I, and they qualified with two matches to spare.
Medical swabs on the national team "showed that our international player, Mohamed Salah, Liverpool star, was infected with the coronavirus", it said in a tweet, adding he was "not suffering from any symptoms".