[LIVE] AFCON 2019 final: Algeria crowned champions

The real deal is on July 19 when Algeria makes a case for their second AFCON trophy and as Senegal chases a first.

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

Senegal XI:

Alfred Gomis (GK)

Lamine Gassama

Salif Sané

Cheikhou Kouyate ©

Youssouf Sabaly

Papa Alioune Ndiaye

Idrissa Gana Gueye

Henri Saivet

Ismaila Sarr

Sadio Mané

Mbaye Niang

Algeria XI:

Rais M’Bolhi (GK)

Mehdi Zeffane

Aissa Mandi

Djamel Benlamri

Ramy Bensebaini

Adlene Guedioura

Ismael Bennacer

Sofiane Feghouli

Riyad Karim Mahrez ©

Baghdad Bounedjah

Youcef Belaili

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.

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

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.

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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.

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Liverpool beat Salzburg 2-0 to advance as Group E winners, with Salah adding to midfielder Naby Keita’s opener after rounding opposition goalkeeper Cican Stankovic.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp praised Mohamed Salah for showing self-belief after he spurned several straightforward chances before scoring from a tight angle to help the defending champions reach the Champions League knockout stages on Tuesday.

Liverpool beat Salzburg 2-0 to advance as Group E winners, with Salah adding to midfielder Naby Keita’s opener after rounding opposition goalkeeper Cican Stankovic.

“He played really well but didn’t score in the situations we expect him usually to score, but staying on track and making such a decisive and very difficult finish, that probably says much more about him than all of the other goals he has scored,” said Klopp.

“Staying concentrated, belief in the next moment, it was brilliant. A very, very difficult goal but a sensational finish.”

Salah’s goal was his 11th for Liverpool this season and took him to 20 Champions League goals for the club.

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Senegalese Sadio Mane and Egyptian Mohamad Salah who have had an impressive run with Liverpool ranked fourth and fifth respectively, causing heartbreak and disappointment to many of their fans

On this edition of Football Planet, Why has no other African footballer won the Ballon d’Or after George Weah?

After Lionel Messi was crowned winner of the 2019 Ballon d’Or, there’s debate about why it has taken so long for a black African football to win the prestigious prize again.

Senegalese Sadio Mane and Egyptian Mohamad Salah who have had an impressive run with Liverpool ranked fourth and fifth respectively, causing heartbreak and disappointment to many of their fans. Some have said they deserved it more than the eventual winner.

George Weah remains the only black African Ballon d’Or winner.

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Britain’s Anthony Joshua beat Andy Ruiz Jr on a unanimous points decision in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to seize back the heavyweight world championship belts he lost to his Mexican-American opponent in a shock upset last June.

The ‘Clash on the Dunes’ in Diriyah was for the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles and Joshua set the pace from the start with a measured masterclass that showed he had learned from the nightmare of New York.

The judges scored the fight 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 to the 30-year-old Briton.

“It was his night, man,” said Ruiz as his six-month reign ended in the 15,000 seat arena on the outskirts of the capital Riyadh.

The decision to take the fight to Saudi Arabia had been criticised by human rights campaigners but Joshua complimented the hosts and welcomed Ruiz’s suggestion that there should be a third encounter.

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He suffered a nasty gash over his left eye early on, with Joshua also bloodied on the brow in the second round to keep the cornermen busy to the end.

As the fight went into the second half, Ruiz was looking frustrated and was warned for illegal blows.

The eighth was more promising, with Joshua momentarily appearing vulnerable, but the Briton took back control and by round 11 had a spring in his step, looking fresh and nimble on his feet while using his height advantage to good effect.

Ruiz knew he needed a knockout but it never came.

Joshua, now with a record of 23 wins and one defeat, had described that June defeat — to a flabby-looking opponent drafted in as a late replacement — as no more than a “minor setback”.

While he made light of it again in victory, he was clearly relieved. “Man, the first time was so nice, I had to do it twice,” he told the crowd.

“I’m used to knocking guys out but last time I realised ‘hang on a minute, I hurt the man and I got caught coming in’. I gave the man his credit. I said to myself I’m going to correct myself and come again.”

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Ruiz, embraced by Joshua afterwards, said he would do it differently next time. “I think I didn’t prepare it how I should have. I gained too much weight but I don’t want to give no excuses. He won, he boxed me around,” he said.

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British heavyweight Dillian ‘The Body Snatcher’ Whyte beat Poland’s former world title challenger Mariusz Wach on a unanimous points decision.

“I’ve been through hell these last couple of months, but we’re here and back,” said the 31-year-old Whyte who was provisionally suspended in July over an irregular urine supply but cleared by the UK Anti-Doping agency on Friday.


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Rwanda signed a deal on Wednesday with French soccer club Paris St Germain to promote tourism in the east African nation, its second such agreement since last year.

“We invest part of our tourism revenues in strategic collaborations such as the one with Paris St Germain because we understand the positive effect they have on the overall perception of the country globally,” the Rwanda Development Board’s chief executive, Clare Akamanzi, said in a statement after the signing.

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Africa still waiting for the day an African player will win the Ballon D’or award after George Weah’s success in 1995. The 2019 edition was won by Argentine Lionel Messi. Sadio Mané came a distant fourth.

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