Egypt takes on Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations final in Cameroon on Sunday, pitting Mohamed Salah against Sadio Mane.
Note: While the Africa Cup of Nations is officially referred to as Afcon 2021 owing to the tournament’s delay, we may refer to it as Afcon 2022 for consistency.
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations winners will be announced on Sunday in Yaounde, when Senegal and Egypt face off for the championship.
The headline matchup between Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will be the focus, but there’s a lot more going on beneath the surface than the two Liverpool stars battling it out in the English Premier League.
Mane ensured his side’s position in the final with a superb effort in the closing minutes of Wednesday’s 3-1 triumph over Burkina Faso.
Blati Toure’s 82nd-minute goal had threatened to derail the pre-tournament favorites, but Mane’s effort, together with goals from Abdou Diallo and Idrissa Gueye, saw them comfortably through.
In their semi-final on Thursday, the Egyptians required penalties to overcome the challenge of host nation Cameroon.
It was the Pharaohs’ third consecutive encounter to go all the way, leaving them on their last legs coming into the final, not to mention Carlos Queiroz being sent off for his touchline outbursts, resulting in his suspension for the showpiece.
Gabaski, backed by some shady Cameroonian penalty taking, was the shootout hero, saving two penalties before Clinton N’Jie missed the goal as the hosts fell out.
Salah and his teammates had earlier eliminated Morocco in the quarter-finals after eliminating Ivory Coast in the Round of 16.
The defeat to Nigeria in the competition’s first encounter is a distant memory, with victories against Guinea-Bissau and Sudan ensuring a place in the knockout stages.
The Senegalese assault to the final took a bit to get pace as they dragged through the pool stages, breaking Zimbabwean hearts in injury time before slogging out goalless draws with Guinea and Malawi.
They cranked it up a notch to beat Cape Verde in the last 16 before cruising to a 3-1 victory against tenacious Equatorial Guinea in the quarter-finals.
Kick-off at 21:00 (Central African Time).
Africa Cup of Nations predictions for 6 February
Explaining the prediction methodology: The projected victory percentage is calculated using publicly accessible odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, it has a 43 percent probability of winning. If the odds are 1.62, the predicted winning percentage is 62%, and so on.
These figures are correct at the time of writing, but they may change. The odds were not available at the time of writing if there was no value given. The other chances are based on soccerstats247’s methodology.
|RESULT PREDICTION||Senegal to win|
|OVER/UNDER PREDICTION||over 2.5 goals|
|HT / FT PREDICTION||draw / Senegal to win|
|TEAM TO SCORE PREDICTION||both teams|
|ANYTIME GOALSCORER PREDICTION||n/a|