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Senegal Out To Stun Egypt In AFCON Final

Senegal and Egypt will battle for the right to be crowned 2021 Africa Cup of Nations champions when they meet in the final on Sunday night.

The match will be held at Olembe Stadium in Yaoundé, kick-off at 19h00 GMT.

Senegal will be making their third appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations final and they have never won the continental tournament.

The Lions of Teranga, who are also undefeated at this year’s tournament, started their journey to the final with a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe followed by two goalless draws with Guinea and Malawi to top their Group.

The West Africans then defeated Cape Verde 2-0, Equatorial Guinea 3-1 then Burkina Faso by the same score in the knockouts.

Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse, who is a former Senegal captain, will look to his key players Ismaila Sarr and Sadio Mane.

“We prepared well for our final with the players who are determined and confident to put in a good show. We will approach this final with determination against a great Egyptian team,” said Cisse.

“We know our opponent well; they have their own philosophy of play with experienced players on the continental level. We are on the way to our objective of winning the title this Sunday evening.

“We must focus on the final, play it well and thus succeed in our match. We will have to take advantage of the moment. We lost two finals in the past, but this time we will approach the match with more determination”.

Meanwhile, Egypt progressed to the final after defeating Cameroon 3-1 on post-match penalties in a semi-final match on Thursday.

The Pharaohs are seven times winner of the competition are hoping of an eighth star on their jersey, twelve years from their last glory.


Carlos Queiroz’s men lost their opener to Nigeria before defeating Guinea Bissau and Sudan to go through the group stage.

The North Africans managed to beat Cote d’Ivoire on penalties following a 0-0 draw in the round of 16 before beating Morocco 2-1 in the quarters.

Mohamed Salah is the most important played in the squad and he will be looked to again to have his moment of lifting the title.

Egypt will be going into the match without the services of goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy, with right-back Omar Kamal and coach Queiroz serving suspensions.

“I am ready to pay the price of this outrageous and unfair punishment of missing the final,” Queiroz said on Twitter.

“I feel proud and honoured for that because I pay this price in my fight to protect you and our team.”

In head-to-head stats, Senegal and Egypt have clashed in 12 official matches according to FIFA statistics. The Pharaohs have claimed six wins compared to four for their opponents, while two matches have been drawn.

The teams’ most recent meeting took place in Cairo, in November 2014. The Pharaohs claimed a 1-0 victory over the Teranga Lions.

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