A high octane match that fits the title: A final before the final.
Two West African giants face off in a highly anticipated clash that will certainly leave the losing nation weeping. Both sides have impressed in the group stages, and are yet to taste defeat. Senegal topped a tricky group B with 7 points scoring 7 and conceding 2. Senegal boasts a plethora of stars in its fold, and has the luxury to shift the gear as they wish. Against Algeria, key men like Sadio Mane were rested, and the second string side came to the party, taking the North Africans head on, to settle for a draw.
The Indomitable Lions on the other hand finished second in Group A with 5 points, scoring 3 goals, and conceding 2.
It is Senegal, who are ranked first in the continent, that has better prospects coming into this one. Installed as firm favourites, Senegal will be in the race to nick their first AFCON title. Aliou Cisse’s men will look to exorcise the demons of previous tournaments, where in two straight meetings, they have lost to Cameroon at such crucial stages.
Although Cameroon is ranked a distant 12th, it certainly has lots of quality experience in its ranks, and could give Senegal a run for its money. Senegal’s potent attack will be the game changer. Sadio Mane will certainly be in his element to silence a Cameroon side that hardly scores lots of goals.
This is a great moment for Senegal as they march towards the AFCON finals.