- Sunday February 6, 2021
- Olembe stadium, Yaounde 10pm (EAT)
The 33rd edition of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations comes to a grand finale on Sunday when Senegal take on Egypt at the Olembe stadium, Yaounde.
The Lions of Teranga are playing back to back finals after losing to Algeria in Egypt 2019 and are playing only their third final in history.
They lost to Cameroon in 2002 with Aliou Cisse the skipper then and with him commanding the touchline, they will hope to be third time lucky.
Senegal could be looking for only their first title but it’s a different case with Egypt, the record African champions seeking an eighth title.
However, they haven’t won it since 2010 when they won the competition three times in a row and also lost the 2017 finals to hosts Cameroon in Gabon.
Road to the Finals
Senegal beat Zimbabwe 1-0, drew goalless with Guinea and Malawi to top their Group.
In the Round of 16, they defeated Cape Verde 2-0, Equatorial Guinea 3-1 in the quarter finals and then Burkina Faso by the same score in the semis.
Unlike Senegal, Egypt lost their opener 1-0 to Nigeria, defeated Guinea Bissau and Sudan to go through the group stage.
In the knockouts, The Pharaohs managed to oust three giants needing three extra times and two penalty shootouts. Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco, and hosts Cameroon were all put to the sword by the Egyptians.
Lions of Teranga will rely on the vast experience of Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane, Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly among others.
Mane’s Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah will be the man for the Pharaohs. Goalkeeper Mohamed Abu Gabal who produced shootout heroics against Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon will be once again the first line of the Pharaohs title quest
What they said
Aliou Cissé (Coach, Senegal)
“We prepared well for our final with the players who are determined and confident to put in a good show. We will approach this final with determination against a great Egyptian team. We know our opponent well; they have their own philosophy of play with experienced players on the continental level. We are on the way to our objective of winning the title this Sunday evening. We must focus on the final, play it well and thus succeed in our match. We will have to take advantage of the moment. We lost two finals in the past, but this time we will approach the match with more determination”.
Mohamed Salah (Captain, Egypt)
“After a lost final in 2017 against Cameroon, we will play our all-out tomorrow against Senegal to grab an eighth star. We are determined to seek the crown. The players are physically and mentally ready. We are here to play the title and that means a lot to us. We want to offer a title to all Egyptian citizens.”