Live updates from the Africa Cup of Nations final taking place between Senegal and Egypt in Cameroon.
- Kickoff 8pm (19:00 GMT)
- Egypt looking for record-extending eighth AFCON title
- Senegal have been losing finalists twice (2002, 2019)
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After 28 days and 51 games, we are left with two teams in the quest to secure the Africa Cup of Nations title and we will be building up to the epic clash in this Senegal vs Egypt prediction article.
Our Top Senegal vs Egypt prediction
Both teams will back themselves to cross the finish line having gotten this far which should make for an enthralling affair. That said, Senegal possess a more well-rounded squad all over the pitch and we fancy them to emerge victorious at the sound of the final whistle.
Senegal vs Egypt – Match Preview
The Africa Cup of Nations reaches its conclusion at the Stade d’Olembe on Sunday when Senegal and Egypt square up to the challenge of each other to be crowned champions of the continent.
Senegal vs Egypt- Team Previews
Senegal eased past the Stallions of Burkina Faso in a routine 3-1 victory at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde on Wednesday to progress into the final of this year’s flagship tournament.
Quickfire goals from Abdou Diallo and Idrissa Gueye put Aliou Cisse’s men in the driving seat before Ibrahim Blati Toure pulled one back for his side, after which Sadio Mane put the result beyond reasonable doubt three minutes from time.
The Lions of Teranga, who also reached the final of the last AFCON, now have another opportunity to go all the way and will be confident of going one better than they did three years ago.
Solidity at both ends of the pitch has played a major role in the West Africans’ journey so far with only two goals conceded across six matches during which nine goals have been scored.
Sadio Mane has come up trumps for his nation of late, directly contributing to three goals in his last two appearances and the winger will need to be on song once again if his side are to carry the day.
Having come off the bench to good effect in each of the previous two matches, 23-year-old Ismaila Sarr could be handed a starting role in Sunday’s big event at the expense of Bamba Dieng.
Predicted lineup; Edouard Mendy; Saliou Ciss, Abdou Diallo, Kalidou Koulibaly, Bouna Sarr; Idrissa Gueye, Nampalys Mendy, Cheikhou Kouyate; Sadio Mane, Famara Diedhiou, Ismaila Sarr
Egypt went into extra time for the third consecutive tie as they dumped out host nation Cameroon via penalties at the Paul Biya Stadium on Wednesday to set up Sunday’s meeting with Senegal.
In a game where clear-cut chances were few and far between, neither team was able to find a breakthrough as respective defences came out on top, so penalties were required to settle the contest and it was Carlos Queiroz’s men who came out on top 3-1.
Five years on from their last appearance at this level, The Pharaohs are 90 minutes away from an eighth AFCON title and a first since 2010 when they saw off the threat of Ghana to be crowned champions.
Second choice goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal has more than held his own since coming into the team for Mohamed El Shenawy and is in line to feature between the sticks this weekend.
Omar Kamal is suspended for accumulation of yellow cards but besides that, we expect a similar team to the one that took to the field against Cameroon last time out with Mohamed Salah poised to take on Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane.
Predicted lineup; Mohamed Abou Gabal; Ahmed El Fotouh, Mahmoud Hamdi, Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed Abdelmonem; Amr El Solia, Mohamed Elneny, Hamdi Fathi; Omar Marmoush, Mostafa Mohamed, Mohamed Salah
The Senegal vs Egypt odds are as follows:
*Odds from Bet9ja, correct as at the time of publishing
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Senegal vs Egypt Head to head stats
Matches Played: 12
Senegal won: 4
Egypt won: 6
Egypt have a better record in this fixture overall but are yet to come out on top since 2006,
The 33rd edition of the African Cup of Nations will see Egypt going for their eighth title while Senegal will hope to put a new name on the trophy.
The final match will be played at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, today ( Sunday, February 6th, 2022). This is the third time Senegal will reach the final of the competition, the last time they reached the final was in 2019 when they lost to 1-0 to Algeria.
The Pharaohs were also finalists in 2017 which was hosted in Gabon where they lost 2-1 to the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. The fans of both teams will look forward to burying the memories of both finals that were lost. This final will see two of the finest attacking players (Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane) come against each other when the game kicks off in Olembe Stadium.
Head to Head ( AFCON)
1986: Senegal 1-0 Egypt
2000: Egypt 1-0 Senegal
2002: Senegal 1-0 EEgypt
2006: Egypt 2-1 Senegal
Road to Final
Egypt did not start their competition on a good note as they lost their opening game 1-0 to Nigeria, they won their last two games by the same scoreline against Guinea-Bissau and Sudan. All their knock-out games when into extra time against Ivory Coast, Morocco and Cameroon.
Senegal won their opening game 1-0 against Zimbabwe followed by stalemates against Guinea and Malawi. They won their Round of 16 game 3-1 against Cape Verde, they won their quater-final and semi-final games 3-@ against Equatorial Guinea and Burkina Faso respectively
Oluwashina chips in with this: “Stadium erupts into a wild applause as Cameroon’s President Paul Biya arrives with his wife.”
Imagine the scenes if the home side was still in the tournament.
A history lesson
Here are the past AFCON winners. Egypt, as you can see, are called Pharaohs for a reason.
Oluwashina is seated comfortably inside Olembe Stadium and is, umm, enjoying the view.
“Police, firefighters, naval and airforce officers, the army, Gendarmeries, national guard, and others… they’ve been standing there for three hours,” he says.
Mind you, he had to walk four miles to get to the stadium.
“Closure of roads six hours before kick-off with police lining up the streets,” he adds.
Still more than 90 minutes until kick-off.
Here’s Daniel among some Senegalese supporters who have gathered outside the embassy in Bastos, Yaounde, as they wait for buses to take them to the stadium.
Seems we will have a decent Senegalese turnout at Olembe Stadium.
While we wait for some action on the field, here is some worthy AFCON reading material for you to dive into
Senegal: Mendy, Ciss, Koulibaly, Diallo, Sarr, Gueye, Mendy, Kouyate, Mane, Sarr, Diedhiou
Egypt: Abo Gabal, Emam, Abdelmonem, El-Wensh, Fetouh, Elsulya, Elneny, Fathi, Salah, Marmoush, Mostafa