Algeria vs. Sierra Leone
Algeria will begin their defence of the Africa Cup of Nations trophy against Sierra Leone on Tuesday at the Japoma Stadium.
The teams were placed in Group E of this year’s tournament, along with Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea.
Algeria cruised to a 3-0 win against Ghana on Wednesday at the Education City Stadium, capping up their preparations for the African Cup of Nations.
Djamel Belmadi’s men cruised to an easy victory in Qatar, thanks to goals from Adam Ounas and Islam Slimani, who came to either side of an own goal by Jonathan Mensah.
The Desert Foxes, who just reached the final of the Arab Cup in December, has not suffered a defeat in any tournament since a 3-0 loss to Morocco three years ago.
Except for six games, the 2019 champions have won all 27 of their matches, while also keeping 14 clean sheets and scoring a total of 79 goals.
Getting all three points on Tuesday would be a fantastic start for the North Africans in their quest for back-to-back crowns, and they will be eager to put down a marker as soon as possible in their quest.
Sierra Leone qualified for the Cup of Nations despite only earning seven points from their six qualifying matches. They finished second behind Nigeria in Group L and therefore qualified for the tournament.
Algeria will be ready to go from the start, and Sierra Leone will be the first team to attempt to halt what seems to be an unstoppable force at the moment. Sierra Leone will most likely lose the game.
Nigeria vs. Egypt
Another mouth-watering group opening will take place on Tuesday at the Estadio Roumde Adjia in Group D of the Africa Cup of Nations, when two African powerhouses, Nigeria and Egypt, square off.
The two teams’ rivalry stretches back to 1960 when Nigeria won a friendly 2-1, and although the Super Eagles will be vying for their fourth crown, the Pharaohs will be attempting to dominate the continent for a record-extending eighth time.
Egypt and Nigeria are two of the tournament’s most experienced and distinguished teams, making for an entertaining and nerve-wracking match to witness. While Salah’s presence cannot be overlooked, Nigeria enters the game with a more complete and well-rounded group that should be capable of winning. I expect Egypt to lose the match.