It’s round two of the group games at the 2019 Africa Cup of
Nations. Thursday’s action brings two familiar rivals together on the
All eyes will be on the arrival of Sadio Mane for Senegal. The Liverpool man missed his country’s opening clash against Tanzania due to a suspension carried over from qualifying. But he’s expected to start on Thursday when the Teranga Lions square off against Algeria.
So, Mane and Riyad Mahrez – familiar foes in the English
Premier League – will now go toe-to-toe in the continental showdown.
Algerian winger Mahrez was part of the Manchester City team
that pipped Senegalese forward Mane and his Liverpool team-mates in a thrilling
title race last season.
Now the stars swap the Etihad Stadium and Anfield grounds of their clubs for the 30 June Stadium in Cairo, and a Group C showdown likely to decide who tops the final standings. It’s Algeria vs Senegal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and it’s big.
While both countries seem sure to qualify for the round of
16, topping the table would theoretically offer less formidable opponents in
the first knockout stage.
Senegal were the darlings of the 2018 World Cup in Russia,
despite crashing out in the group stages in the most agonising fashion.
Coach Aliou Cissé’s celebrations and his team charmed football fans across the globe with their happy-go-lucky warm up routines.
But while it’s all fun and games before kick-off, when the
whistle blows, focus will turn to securing top spot of the group as the
knockout stages loom.