Panama president Juan Carlos Varela declared a holiday in celebration at the Central american country’s 1st ever qualification for the world Cup.
“It’s a historic day for the country. Tomorrow (Thursday) will be a holiday for public and private sector employees,” Varela aforementioned on Twitter on Wednesday.
Panama came from behind to beat costa rica 2-1 on Tuesday and book a ticket to Russia 2018.
The success left them third within the CONCACAF area qualification behind Mexico and Costa Rica, and sensationally helped knock the united states out of rivalry.
Thousands of Panamanians celebrated long into the night within the capital Panama city as a cacophony of car horns greeted the historic news.
“Today the planets aligned, you want to ne’er lose faith,” Varela had aforementioned on the Estadio Rommel Fernandez pitch in the capital following the match.
Although not Panama’s national game, soccer is rapidly catching up with baseball and boxing as the country’s favourite sport.