By Anye Nde Nsoh
Sports Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
The Pharaohs of Egypt and Teranga Lions of Senegal shall today rekindle in a double confrontation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers after the January showpiece during the just ended AFCON 2021 in Cameroon were both sides animated the African continent.
This will be the most interesting battle during the qualifiers. Egypt shall host the first leg Friday March 25, 2022 at the Cairo International stadium with 65,000 spectators allowed before traveling to Senegal three days later for the return leg. It is obvious either of the two teams that represented Africa during Russia 2018 World Cup shall be absent this time in Qatar as only a ticket is available for both sides to decide who goes ahead.
Senegal’s Teranga lions under AFCON winning coach Aliou Cisse shall be coming in to beat the Egyptians again after over powering them during the AFCON 2021 final to clinch a first AFCON title. Senegal national team finished group H unbeaten, five wins and a draw grabbing 16 points while the pharaohs finished with 14 points in group F, four wins and two draws.
The massive turnout at the Cairo International stadium shall be influenced by Liverpool FC’s duo who have been animating the international scene, Mohamed Salah of Egypt and Sadio Mane of Senegal. Both Africa giants are being placed at locker heads again.
Coach Aliou Cisse shall be counting on the expertise of Sadio Mane at the attack line and Mendy at the goalpost while Mohamed Salah will be the eye for every Egyptian in Carlos Quiroz team as well as goalkeeper Gabaski.
Egypt is struggling for a fourth participation ticket in the international tournament featuring only during , in 1934, 1990 and 2018 tournament. Senegal on her part is looking for a third participation haven featured only in 2002 and 2018. In 2018 they backed home four points in three games in group H.
This will be the 13th meeting between both sides in all competitions and friendlies, six wins for Egypt, five for Senegal and two draws.
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