The 52nd and final game of the 32nd edition of the 62 year old Africa Cup of Nations was played yesterday at the Cairo International Stadium, with Algeria beating Senegal to lift their second trophy in the tournament in their 18th appearance.
– Algeria maintained their unbeaten record against Senegal in the AFCON in all their five meetings in the tournament (W4, D1). Senegal are the team Algeria have faced the most without losing in the AFCON.
– Algeria were playing in their third AFCON final after 1980 (a 3-0 deafeat to Nigera), 1990 ( a 1-0 win against Nigeria) and 2019 ( a 1-0 win against Senegal).
– The first one is a good idea Desert Foxes have scored in two of the three finals they have played in and each time they scored in the final they walked away with the trophy.
– It was Algeria’s first AFCON title win away from home.
– They conceded just two goals in the 2019 tournament, the only time they conceded fewer goals in a single edition of the AFCON was in 1984 in Ivory Coast, they conceded just one goal but only had to settle for a third place finish in that tournament.
– Algeria became only the second team to win an AFCON played on Egyptian soil other than the hosts in five AFCONs played in Egypt. Only the DR Congo in 1974 had succeeded to also achieve the feat.
– Djamel Belmadi became the 12 local coach in the AFCON history to lift the trophy, with Ghana’s Charles Gyamfi (1963, 1965 and 1982) and Egypt’s Hassan Shehata (2006, 2008 and 2010) being the most successful coaches in the tournaments history and both were local coaches.
– Djamel Belmadi succeeds Abdelhamid Kermali who led Algeria to AFCON glory in 1990 as the only other Algeria coach to have done so, while Riyad Mahrez becomes only the second Algerian captain to lift the trophy after Rabah Madjer in 1990.
– Nine Algerian players were involved in at least one goal (excluding own goals), in this 2019 tournament: Esperance midfielder Youcef Belaili, Nice right-back Youcef Atal, AC Milan bound Empoli midfielder Ismael Bennacer, Rennes left-back Ramy Bensebaini, Al Saad forward Baghdad Bounedjah, Galatasaray midfielder Sofiane Feghouli, Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez, Napoli midfielder Adam Ounas and Fernabahce forward Islam Slimani.
– Algeria walked away with every other trophy at stake in the final, with their goalkeeper Rais Mbohli voted as the ‘Man of the Match’ in the final and their midfielder Ismael Bennacer taking home the prize of the ‘Player of the Tournament’
– Senegal were playing the final for the second time, after that painful defeat in 2002 against Cameroon. They have now lost both finals they have played in the AFCON in 15 appearances.