Senegal vs Algeria: Riyad Mahrez insists Desert Foxes can win AFCON title

Senegal vs Algeria: Riyad Mahrez insists Desert Foxes can win AFCON title, Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM
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- Senegal vs Algeria set for AFCON 2019 final showdown

- Riyad Mahrez believes the Fennecs can win the title

- The Man City star however admits that the clash will be tougher than their earlier matches

Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez believes Algeria can go all the way to lift the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations title on Friday, July 19.

The 28-year-old fired the Desert Foxes past Nigeria in their semifinal clash at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday, July 14.

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That was after William Trosst-Ekong had given the north African side the lead through an own goal in the 40th minute of the meeting.

Although, Odion Ighalo got on the scores sheet through the spot kick in the 72nd minute, his goal was a mere consolation for the Super Eagles.

Mahrez said after Algeria defeated Nigeria: "We already had confidence I think, but this game has given us more confidence to play the final.

"It will be another tough game, but I think we are capable of winning it. We have played Senegal in the group stage, they are a group team, but we will see," he submitted.

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Algeria got their campaign off to a winning note in Egypt after beating Kenya 2-0, stunning Senegal 1-0 in their second group match, before trouncing and Tanzania (3-0) in their last.

At the round of 16, they dumped Guinea out of the competition following their 3-0 win after regulation time.

They beat Ivory Coast 4-3 on penalties after both sides played 1-1 over 120 minutes at the quarterfinals to book a date with Nigeria in the semis.

The Desert Foxes will now be aiming to win their second AFCON title after winning their first in 1990.

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