The 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations Tournament is coming to its conclusion tonight as two African giants Senegal and Algeria collide for the second time in Egypt with the crown at stake. The match is set for the Cairo International Stadium.
The Desert Foxes beat the Super Eagles of Nigeria 2-1 in the semifinals while the Lions of Teranga overcame Tunisia.
For the first time to we will see two native local coaches go toe to toe in the final with Djamel Belmadi of Algeria and Aliou Cisse of Senegal.
Head to Head
The two teams met in the group staged of the competition with Algeria edging it, Youcef Belaili getting the only goal of the match for the Algeria. Overall, there have been 22 meetings, with Senegal winning just 4 of those game losing 13 and drawing 5 matches.
Senegal have never beaten Algeria at the Africa Cup of Nations. Their last victory of Algeria came back in May 2008 during a FIFA World Cup qualifier.
Without a doubt Aliou Cisse will miss the services of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly who is suspended for the final. Cheikhou Kouyate has to step to lead in defense. Papa Ndiaye and Idrissa Gana Gueye will be expected to do the business in midfield. Sadio Mane is the main man for Senegal as the push for their first Afcon title.
Algerian coach Djamel Belmadi will be without 23 year old right back Youcef Atal who suffered an injury during the quarterfinal clash with Ivory Coast. Mehdi Zeffane who took his place in the semifinal win against Nigeria will most likely continue in that role tonight.
Riyad Mahrez, Baghdad Bounedjah and Youcef Belaili will be leading at the front with Sofiane Feghouli and Ismael Bennacer moping up in the middle of the park.
Senegal vs Algeria
Kickoff: 21:00 CAT/22:00 EAT
Venue: Cairo International Stadium