Senegal vs Algeria, Friday’s match for the Africa Cup of Nations Final, at Cairo International Stadium, Cairo Governorate, Egypt.
Senegal reaches this final after beating Tunisia 1-0 in extra time with an own-goal by DylanBronn on an unfortunate move. For the second time that the men of Aliou Cisse compete for the AFCON final in which they were defeated by Cameroon in 2002. They will now find an excellent team, the Algerians have a unique line-up.
Sadio Mane seems to be the biggest threat to Algeria, even though the 27-year-old didn’t score in the previous two games, but we know that he can take a “rabbit from a hat” at any moment, and he still dreams of being able to win the golden boot. However, the West Africans will undoubtedly face many obstacles in this tough match on Friday.
As it is known, the Teranga Lions have never won the CAN, and now have in this game a golden opportunity to achieve the glory. Senegal will need to arrange a substitute at the level of Kalodou Koulibaly, very predominant in the defence, Salif Sane should be the man chosen.
Algeria beat Nigeria 2-1 to secure their place in the final on Friday. The men of Djamel Belmadi have been very competent throughout the competition, having five victories, one of which with Ivory Coast on penalties.
The Algerians no longer lose any game for all competitions in twelve matches. Riyad Mahrez has been the hero of Algeria, and in the semi-final once again lived up to his fame by scoring his third goal in the competition. Riyad Mahrez is in good shape, and proof of this was the excellent performance against Nigeria.
Algerians have already won the African Cup in 1990 and were runners-up in 1980, and this time they are very moralized to lift the trophy again. Youcef Atal is injured and seems unable to make his contribution to Algeria, so he should miss the final.
Algeria has shown a slight superiority throughout the competition than their opponents. This makes my prediction to be that they win against Senegal.