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Wednesday, 12 June, 2002, 14:41 GMT 15:41 UK
Football fever hits Senegal
Celebrating fans
Fans celebrated outside the presidential palace

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Senegal entered the second round of the World Cup at about 0820 in Dakar on Monday.

But any thoughts of breakfast, let alone work, were quickly thrown to one side as fans poured out onto the streets at the final whistle thousands of miles away in South Korea.

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Our boats all carry the national colours
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El Hadj Niang
Fisherman
"I don't know if it's a public holiday or not", said Pape Mbaye, 28, as he led the chants outside the presidential palace.

"It might as well be, because everyone is out on the streets".

"It's a victory for black people everywhere", said Omar Ly, arms outstretched in wild celebration.

"I'm Senegalese, but I've lived in the US and France. I've experienced racism. I'm so happy to be here for this."

Endless circuits

Red, green and yellow were the only colours that counted as flags and banners appeared from everywhere.

Motorcyclists, carrying jubilant pillion passengers, screamed down the central Boulevard de Republique and Avenue Lamine Gueye, performing endless circuits.

Senegalese fans
Many did not go to work

Minibuses and cars packed with cheering supporters edged their way forwards, nobody in any rush to get anywhere.

Expatriates in luxury cars tooted in support.

On Avenue Ponty, the city's main thoroughfare, supporters wearing replica team shirts waded confidently into the traffic, almost taking over from care-worn traffic police.

The celebrations were for everyone.

On the Place de L'Independance, two severely handicapped friends, one from Ghana, the other Senegalese, broke off from requesting money to salute the Lions.

On Avenue Ponty, vendors' normal sales patter was littered with growing references to the Lions of Teranga.

'Flag-time'

"Want to see these?"

Watch-seller Gaby Seck ignored his usual wares, pointing instead to the pictures of football stars hung around his neck.

"Khalilou Fadiga, El Hadj Diouf, Henri Camara. These are the Lions and they are going to bring back the cup."

"I closed my business today", said Khadim Diop.

"I wasn't going to stick at home. I wanted to come down town and be part of all this."

"It's flag time now", said Moustapha Diop, pushing his wares at passers by.

"For you 1,000 francs. This is the thing that is really selling here."

But it's not just flags.

Since the World Cup began, fans of all ages have been sporting headscarves and ribbons, bracelets and T-shirts, shorts and earrings.

Pride of place goes to the red, green and yellow "boubous", long gowns with accompanying trousers.

'Hot cake'

El Hadj Niang, a fisherman and trade unionist from Hann Plage on the other side of Dakar, looked on approvingly as Ponty celebrated.

"Our boats all carry the national colours", he said.

"The fishermen went out last night and came home at three o'clock this morning so they could follow the match. A wonderful day."

"No studying today", said 18-year-old student Marty Sabara. "We are going to party."

"And it's great about the French", she added pointedly.

"They said Senegal was like a cake they could just go and eat. Well, we put some hot pepper in that cake."


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