AFCON 2019 Awards: Roll Call
- AFCON Champions: Desert Foxes, Algeria
- Man of the Tournament: Ismael Bennacer, Algeria
- Man of the match (final): Rais M’bolhi, Algeria goalie
- AFCON Fair Play team: Senegal
- Young Player of the tournament: Ismael Bennacer, Algeria
- Top goalscorer: Odion Ighalo, Nigeria (5 goals)
How it all happened: Algeria vs. Senegal
A goal after just two minutes of play is what settled the 32nd edition of African Cup of Nations, AFCON, final between Algeria and Senegal at the Cairo International Stadium.
It becomes the second AFCON victory for Algeria who last won it in 1990 on home soil. The Desert Foxes went the entire competition without losing a game – beating Senegal twice en route.
For the Aliou Cisse Senegal side, it’s a second final disappointment. The first was in Mali 2002 when Cisse, as the skipper, led the Lions to the final only to be beaten by Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions.
It’s all OVER! Algeria are Champions of Africa.
90’ – Four minutes for Algeria to hold on and to secure their second AFCON trophy.
85’ Into the final 5 mins. Algeria playing deep and looking to close shop. Senegal continue to press but they’re running out of time. Still 1-0
82’ Sarr!!! The winger tries a volley but he just can’t keep his effort down. That was a glorious chance gone begging.
80’ Frustration beginning to set in for the Senegalese. They look like they’re losing their cool. They’ve given their all throughout the tournament but Algeria looks to be running away with this one.
As at 70’ – Ball possession: Senegal: 65%, Algeria: 35%.
73’ – Algeria nearly double their lead through Belaili. The attacker curls the ball from the right flank but it deflects out for a corner. Nearly a carbon copy of the opening goal.
70’ – It’s been all Senegal in this second half. Algeria haven’t offered much despite taking an early lead. Still 1-0
68’ – Senegal push to secure parity. Sabaly, midfielder, unleashes a fierce shot from the outside of the box but M’Bolhi tips the ball out for a corner.
65’ – CHANCE! Niang dribbles past the goalkeeper but he can’t direct his effort towards goal. He did all the work but the angle was too tight. Senegal getting closer.
59’ – VAR denies Senegal penalty as Guediora handles the ball in the box. Huge decision at this stage. Can the Lions focus from here?
55’ – Saivet floats a good ball into the Algeria box but no one is there to connect. Still 1-0
49’ – Both Mane and Mahrez have been passive so far in the game. Neither have been influential with 40 minutes to go.
45’ – Second half underway as Algeria guns for second title and cosigning Senegal to second AFCON final defeat.
44’ Huge Chance Senegal but for timely intervention by Zeffane to deny Sarr. The Senegal winger was nearly through on goal.
41’ Senegal with a free-kick on the right flank. Saivet’s delivery is cleared by Algeria.
37’ Chance Senegal! Good chest control by Niang but fires a left-footed shot which misses the goal by inches.
30’ – Past the half hour mark, Senegal being more purposeful with the ball going forward but the Algerian defence feeling even more comfortable with the forays.
25’ – Too many wayward passes, both teams being too cautious, goalkeepers rarely tested and too many stoppages.
18’ – Mane – Mahrez moment: Senegalese counterattacking move ends with Mane crossing into the box but Mahrez is there to clear with a header.
13’ Senegal wins a free-kick on the right flank. Saivet delivers a good cross but Kouyate’a header goes wide.
10’ – Jittery first 10 minutes for the Teranga Lions as they look to roar their way back into the fixture.
4’ – Algeria dominating opening exchanges as Senegal looks to settle into the fixture and deal
Algeria‘s first attacking attempt produced the goal as Bonuedjah’s deflected shot loops over the Senegal goalkeeper. 1-0 Algeria
2’ – Goal! Algeria have the first goal of the game. It’s Bounedjah!!!
Colourful closing ceremony in Cairo
SQUAD LIST Algeria vs. Senegal
Alfred Gomis (GK)
Cheikhou Kouyate ©
Papa Alioune Ndiaye
Idrissa Gana Gueye
Rais M’Bolhi (GK)
Riyad Karim Mahrez ©
June 17 – July 19: All set for Algeria vs. Senegal
June 17 was the first day of the African Cup of Nations, AFCON, which wraps up in Egypt today. Hosts, Egypt, beat Zimbabwe by a lone goal till they were also beaten by same in the round of 16 by South Africa.
The winners of the 32nd AFCON will be North Africans Algeria or West Africans Senegal. The stadium in Cairo is packed for tonight’s game as the kings of African football are crowned.
CAF (@CAF_Online) July 19, 2019
Fifth “All African Coaches” AFCON final: Belmadi vs. Cisse
Overall, 11 local coaches had won 15 AFCON titles in the previous 31 editions.
Ghana’s Gyamfi and Egypt’s Hassan Shehata had each won record three titles, with Nigerian Stephen Keshi being the latest to achieve that in 2013.
Either Belmadi or Cisse will join this prestigious list comes Friday night.
List of local coaches to win AFCON titles:
- Mourad Fahmy (Egypt – 1959)
- Yidnekatchew Tessema (Ethiopia – 1962)
- Charles Gyamfi (Ghana – 1963, 1965 and 1982)
- Adolphe Bibanzoulo (Congo – 1972)
- Fred Osam-Duodu (Ghana – 1978)
- Abdelhamid Kermali (Algeria – 1990)
- Yeo Martial (Cote d’Ivoire – 1992)
- Clive Barker (South Africa – 1996)
- Mahmoud El Gohary (Egypt – 1998)
- Hassan Shehata (Egypt – 2006, 2008 and 2010)
- Stephen Keshi (Nigeria – 2013)
Head to head: Managers and goalies
One of them is just 1⃣ day older than the other. Both of them are managing their countries' teams.— CAF (@CAF_Online) July 19, 2019
Whoever wins it tonight will create history. It's? #SENALG #TotalAFCON2019 pic.twitter.com/VyUpPpcILv
The group stages coughed up lots of incidents from the goals, the misses, the blunders and the tactics. Not to forget the fans in the stands, the permutations as to who qualifies for the knockout not forgetting the empty stadia.
But with the group stage over, eight out of the 24 teams were eliminated whiles sixteen teams also slugged it out in the round of 16 to secure places in the quarter finals.
Quarter-finals brought the list further down to four semi-finalists. Algeria eliminated Nigeria and Senegal knocked out Tunisia. That sets up the Algeria vs. Senegal final of July 19.
On July 17, Nigeria’s Super Eagles sored above the Tunisian Carthage Eagles to win the third-place playoff in Cairo. The real deal is on July 19 when Algeria makes a case for their second AFCON trophy and as Senegal chases a first.
Algeria vs. Senegal
Algeria have recorded only a draw in six games at the AFCON. The Fennecs are in a race to go unbeaten in the competition but that will mean having to beat Group B neighbours, Senegal.
It will mean beating Senegal for a second time having beaten the Teranga Lions on the second day of action by a lone goal.
Algeria, like Egypt and Morocco, ended the group phase without conceding a goal and with maximum nine points – they also beat Kenya and Tanzania by two and three goals respectively.
Algeria’s records en route to the final
- Matches played: 6
- Wins / draws / losses: 5 / 1 / 0
- Goals scored: 12
- Star man: Riyad Mahrez
- AFCON record: Winners in 1990
- Round of 16 (beat Guinea 3 – 0), quarter-final (beat Ivory coast 4 – 3 on penalties after 1 – 1 result), Semi-final (beat Nigeria 2 – 1).
Senegal’s Teranga Lions have shown a steely character since their loss on Match Day 2 to Algeria.
Aliou Cisse’s charges have used a lone goal victory in all three matches in the knockout rounds, beating Uganda, Benin and Tunisia in the round-of-16, quarter and semi-finals respectively.
The final hurdle is with the July 19 match up against Algeria. The Senegalese will be looking to avoid a second defeat at the hand of the Algerians.
At close of the day, it would be a case of repeat or revenge but more so for two managers who are linked by their upbringing in a Paris suburb and who have both featured for the teams they are leading today.
Senegal’s records en route to the final
- Matches played: 6
- Wins / draws / losses: 4 / 1 / 1
- Goals scored: 8
- Star man: Sadio Mane
- AFCON record: Losing finalists in 2002
- Round of 16 (beat Uganda 1 – 0), quarter-final (beat Benin 1 – 0), Semi-final (beat Tunisia 1 – 0 in extra time).
A list of the winners of the African Nations Cup (host countries in brackets):
1957 – Egypt (Sudan)
1959 – Egypt (Egypt)
1962 – Ethiopia (Ethiopia)
1963 – Ghana (Ghana)
1965 – Ghana (Tunisia)
1968 – Congo-Kinshasa (Ethiopia)
1970 – Sudan (Sudan)
1972 – Congo (Cameroon)
1974 – Zaire (Egypt)
1976 – Morocco (Ethiopia)
1978 – Ghana (Ghana)
1980 – Nigeria (Nigeria)
1982 – Ghana (Libya)
1984 – Cameroon (Ivory Coast)
1986 – Egypt (Egypt)
1988 – Cameroon (Morocco)
1990 – Algeria (Algeria)
1992 – Ivory Coast (Senegal)
1994 – Nigeria (Tunisia)
1996 – South Africa (South Africa)
1998 – Egypt (Burkina Faso)
2000 – Cameroon (Ghana and Nigeria co-hosts)
2002 – Cameroon (Mali)
2004 – Tunisia (Tunisia)
2006 – Egypt (Egypt)
2008 – Egypt (Ghana)
2010 – Egypt (Angola)
2012 – Zambia (Equatorial Guinea and Gabon co-hosts)
2013 – Nigeria (South Africa)
2015 – Ivory Coast (Equatorial Guinea)
2017 – Cameroon (Gabon)
2019 – Algeria vs. Senegal
NB: Congo-Kinshasa and Zaire now known as the Democratic
Republic of Congo.