Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi lauded his players and claimed they deserved their Africa Cup of Nations success after a narrow final win.
On the back foot for the majority of the final, Algeria defended their early lead to claim the Africa Cup of Nations title against Senegal.
The third place play-off at the Africa Cup of Nations proved the final game of John Obi Mikel's international career.
Senegal and Algeria will contest the AFCON final, but pre-match focus is on the long friendship of coaches Djamel Belmadi and Aliou Cisse.
Sadio Mane's season has still not ended, with the Liverpool star having led Senegal to Friday's Africa Cup of Nations final.
Nigeria claimed third place in the Africa Cup of Nations thanks to some calamitous defending from opponents Tunisia in Cairo.
A last-16 exit at the Africa Cup of Nations has resulted in Cameroon sacking coach Clarence Seedorf and assistant Patrick Kluivert.
Tunisia and Nigeria will contest the Africa Cup of Nations third-place play-off, with Gernot Rohr pleased with the Super Eagles' campaign.
Reports on Monday suggested Herve Renard had quit his post as Morocco coach, but those rumours have been swiftly shot down by the FRMF.
Match-winner Riyad Mahrez revelled in Algeria's progress to the AFCON decider following a dramatic semi-final.