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Senegal vs Algeria: 5 things to know about AFCON finalists

African Football By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 19/07/2019

Senegal and Algeria meet in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final at Cairo International Stadium on Friday night.

The Teranga Lions seek to win the continent most prestigious title for the first time, while the Desert Foxes looking for their first crown in almost 30 years when they went all the way back in 1990 as the host nation.

Senegal vs Algeria: 2019 AFCON final preview & predictions

Five things to know about each of the Africa Cup of Nations finalists, Senegal and Algeria.

Senegal

1.  The Teranga Lions skipper and Crystal Palace star Cheikhou Kouyate, Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye, and Liverpool Sadio Mane ply their trade in the Premier League. 

2. Eight players in Aliou Cisse squad based in France with goalkeeper Abdoulaye Diallo and forwards Mbaye Niang and Ismaila Sarr from Rennes, while defender Saliou Ciss from French second-tier club Valenciennes is the oldest player at 30

3. Club Brugge forward Krepin Diatta youngest at 20 in the team.

4. Senegal are making their second Africa Cup of Nations final appearances after losing on penalties to Cameroon in 2002 having drawn 0-0 after extra time in Bamako.

5. The Teranga Lions coach Aliou Cisse and Algeria's Belmadi both played for their countries in the early 2000s.

Algeria

1. Manchester City winger and Premier League winner Riyad Mahrez is the only player featuring in English top-flight division, while former Watford midfielder Adlene Guedioura is the other Algerian star ply his trade in England with second-tier Nottingham Forest. 

2. There are seven France-based players, including defenders Ramy Bensebaini and Mehdi Zeffane from Rennes, and three each from Italy and Saudi Arabia.

3.  Paradou AC midfielder Hicham Boudaoui is the only home-based footballer in the Desert Foxes squad and the youngest at 19 and Guedioura is the oldest player in the side at 33.

4. Algeria have appeared in two previous Africa Cup of Nations finals, both against Super Eagles as they were hammered 3-0 in Lagos in 1980 and won 1-0 in Algiers 10 years later.

5. It is only the fifth Africa Cup of Nations final to have two African head coaches - and the first since 1998.
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