Published: Fri, July 19, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Senegal king-pin defender Kalidou Koulibaly suspended for the AFCON 2019 final

Senegal king-pin defender Kalidou Koulibaly suspended for the AFCON 2019 final

Star Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly will harshly miss the final due to a yellow card suspension, as the Africa Cup of Nations is one of the few tournaments that still does not wipe yellow card accumulation after the quarterfinal.

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For example, "Favorite Sport" assesses the victory of Senegal ratio of 2.74, Algeria - 2,82 (for a draw in the main time you can put for 2.85).

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He's been coach for less than a year but has taken the team to the final for the first time since the country won its sole title on home soil in 1990. El Khadra have outscored every team in the tournament so far, notching an impressive 12 goals - four clear of Nigeria and Senegal.

For Senegal, Manee is backed up by Stade Rennes youngster Ismaila Sarr who directly contributed to 15 goals last Ligue 1 season and had a goal and assist against Kenya in the group stage.

Sofiane Feghouli perhaps doesn't have the star power of Riyad Mahrez, yet the midfielder has been vital to Algeria's run in Egypt.

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An AFCON poster with top footballers in the continent. DR Congo's Cedric Bakambu also has three goals but with no more games left to play, he can't extend his total.

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Speaking ahead of Algeria's clash against Senegal, Mahrez was quoted by Brila FM as saying: "We played Senegal in the group stages and we know they are a very good team".

An unfavourable record to derail Senegal?

However, Friday's showdown pits Aliou Cisse's side against one of their perennial bogey teams.

Algeria won the group match 1-0 - which sealed their spot in the last 16 - thanks to a 49th-minute Youcef Belaili goal.

Nigeria's Odion Ighalo boosted his chances of winning the Golden Boot at the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday after he netted Nigeria's victor; his fifth of the tournament, to ensure his side's finished in third place, with a 1-0 victory over Tunisia.

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