The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is coming to an finish and we predict fireworks as Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah sq. off on the pitch for the ultimate showdown on Sunday.
Mane and Salah, who’re membership teammates at Liverpool, will go face to face in a ‘frenemy’ AFCON last encounter when Senegal clashes with Egypt on Sunday evening on the Paul Biya Stadium, Olembé, in Cameroon.
Mane has had probably the most spectacular 2021 AFCON of the 2, scoring three objectives and an help in his six video games to date for Senegal.
Salah, then again, has been a bit of extra muted however has scored two objectives and registered an help to date for Egypt.
Mane not too long ago stated that Senegal’s expertise of taking part in within the final AFCON last could be a “good asset” for them in Sunday’s title decider, whereas Salah expressed his need to win the event.
Collectively for Liverpool, Mane and Salah are arguably probably the most thrilling in world soccer.
On this event, the duo are pitted in opposition to one another as Senegal faces Egypt within the 2021 AFCON last and just one will have the ability to declare the glory for his or her nation on Sunday.
Liverpool supervisor, Jurgen Klopp, had already warned each Mane and Salah that certainly one of them will endure heartbreak at full-time when Egypt clashes with Senegal within the 2021 AFCON last.
Klopp stated this throughout his pre-match press convention forward of Liverpool’s FA Cup fourth-round tie in opposition to Cardiff Metropolis on Sunday afternoon.
“Nice achievement for each [Salah and Mane] getting via to the [2021 AFCON] last,” Klopp stated.
“It gained’t be straightforward as a result of one shall be actually completely happy afterward and one much less so. It’s a probability to attain one thing actually massive.”
In the meantime, Senegal and Egypt have met twelve occasions up to now. The Teranga Lions have gained 4, drawn two, whereas the Pharaohs have gained six.
Egypt have the higher hand relating to the AFCON event, having lifted the trophy a record-breaking seven occasions up to now.
Salah and his teammates shall be aiming for yet one more win, though they must make do with out their head coach Carlos Queiroz after his suspension in final Thursday’s semi-final encounter in opposition to Cameroon.
Senegal, then again, has reached the AFCON last twice up to now however by no means gained the event.
Their head coach, Aliou Cisse, was in command of the staff in 2019 after they misplaced to Algeria within the last in Egypt and performed within the 2002 last defeat to Cameroon, lacking a penalty within the shootout.
All through the 2021 AFCON event, we now have seen Senegal in an incredible efficiency of soccer, dominating their group stage and knockout stage, blazing all the way in which to the ultimate.
They’re at present in prime kind and boast an excellent defence, in addition to offence sport.
Senegal head to the AFCON last after beating Burkina Faso 3-1 within the semi-final, whereas Egypt defeated Cameroon 3-1 in a penalty shootout after the match resulted in a goalless draw after 120 minutes.
Nevertheless, Sunday’s last may also present the winners with an enormous increase earlier than Senegal and Egypt meet once more over two legs in March to resolve a spot on the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar later this 12 months.
The kick-off for the Senegal vs Egypt match is eight pm. ESPN