The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations enters day three today with group C and D matches on program. With three matches to be played today, kick442.com brings to you some players to watch out for on this match day.
Morocco vs Namibia
Morocco begins their Group D campaign at the Al Salam stadium in Cairo.
The player to watch out for is Ajax and Morocco midfielder Hakim Ziyech
Hakim Ziyech is seen as a creative force for Morocco having helped his club Ajax reach the Champions League semi-finals and secure a domestic league and cup double in 2018-19 season, the 26 years old hopes to help Morocco better their efforts of 2017 when they reached the quarter-finals before losing to Egypt.
Ziyech was voted Ajax’s player of the year – scoring 21 goals and chipping in with 24 assists in all competitions.
However, he is expected to leave the Dutch champions during the summer transfer window, following promises given to him at the beginning of the season.
Senegal vs Tanzania
This Group C match is the second of the day with Senegal taking on Tanzania who are making their first appearance since 1980. The match will take place at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo.
The player to watch out for is Kalidou Koulibaly.
Kalidou Koulibaly was born, raised and schooled in France, and has represented the country at youth level.
With Liverpool’s Champions League winning forward Sadio Mane suspended against Tanzania after an accumulation of cautions in the qualifiers, all eyes will be on Kalidou Koulibaly as Senegal look to get their tournament off to a winning start against Nigeria.
Napoli’s towering defender has been repeatedly linked with a big-money move to the Premier League.
With a team built around Liverpool’s Mane in attack and defensive rock Koulibaly, the Senegalese undoubtedly have the potential to go beyond the quarter-final stage they reached in 2017, when they lost on penalties to eventual champions Cameroon.
Algeria vs Kenya
This will be the last match of the day in Group C.
The player to watch out for is Victor Wanyama who started both of Tottenham’s Champions League semi-final legs against Ajax.
Kenya are competing at their first Africa Cup of Nations since 2004 and their hopes of making significant progress at this summer’s edition rest with players such as captain Victor Wanyama.
Having endured an injury hampered season at Tottenham, Wanyama ended the domestic campaign as an unused substitute in the Champions League final against Liverpool.
Wanyama, who was previously at Celtic and Southampton, left Kenya as a teenager to play at Beerschot in Belgium.
Nji Nelson Chefor