King Salman of Saudi Arabia has announced that there will be a public holiday in the country on Wednesday after the Saudi team edged Argentina 2-1 at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
According to Arabnews, King Salman approved a suggestion made by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to celebrate the national team’s victory with a holiday.
All public and private sector employees and students at all educational stages will be given a holiday.
The Saudis celebrated beating the South Americans in the opening game of Group C as they stopped Lionel Messi and his teammates, ending a 36-game unbeaten run for the Argentines.
The Arabians had always lost badly against football powerhouses with the most demeaning being the 8-0 lost to Germany in the 2002 World Cup held in South Korea and Japan.
In the historic win against Argentina, Saleh Alsheri scored the equalizer in the 48th minute before Salem Aldawseri scored the decider five minutes later.
Saudi Arabia will go on to face Lewandowski’s Poland side on Saturday.
GWG.NG reports that Saudi Arabia now sit on top the group following the goalless draw between Poland and Mexico and the public holiday is expected to be well received in the kingdom.