Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2019 match:
After recording a 3-2 win over Mali in their last warm-up game, Algeria will be looking to kick off their Africa Cup of Nations in style when they face Kenya at 30 June Air Defence Stadium. The Desert Warriors are likely to stick to their attacking style of play and, no doubt, all eyes will be on Man City superstar Riyad Mahrez when Djamel Belmadi’s troops take on Kenya on Sunday evening.
The Harambee Stars are after their only second ever win at the Africa Cup of Nations and they face an uphill task in their opener. The lack of experience at major tournaments is likely to prove to be the main problem for the nominal visitors in the 30 June Air Defence Stadium. It has to be noted that the two countries meet for the first time ever in a competitive match.
Highlighted Player (Yacine Brahimi):
French-born Algerian attacking midfielder Yacine Brahimi is a technically gifted footballer, who can also fill in at winger position. The 26-year-old midfielder started his career as a proper footballing nomad, going through various clubs’ youth ranks before settling at Rennes. French Ligue 1 side gave Brahimi his professional debut in 2009.
After spells at Clermont and Granada which resulted in Brahimi’s sale to the Spanish outfit, Brahimi moved to Porto where he achieved his full international recognition. The Algerian midfielder settled immediately and was exceptional in his first six months at the Portuguese club. His mesmerizing dribbling skills and creative abilities have quickly made his one of Porto’s key men in the centre of the park. Consistent performances and thrilling displays have earned Yacini Brahimi picked up the African Footballer of the Year for 2014.
The fabulously gifted player has been turning heads across Europe with top clubs from the continent lining up behind him. At 26 years of age Brahimi still has plenty of time in front of him and is expected to reach further heights with his club in the Champions League.
Highlighted Team (Kenya):
Kenya national football team represents Kenya on the international stage. Controlled by Football Kenya Federation, the Harambee Stars welcome their rivals at Moi International Sports Centre. Kenya have yet to qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals, but in 2019 they will compete at the Africa Cup of Nations for the sixth time in the history of the national team.
The Kenyans were drawn with Senegal, Algeria and Tanzania in Group C. The Harambee Stars are well known for their red kit (home), but they wear both white and green colours when the playing on the travels as well. Kenya faced Uganda in their first ever international game, with the team sharing the spoils (1-1) with Uganda in Nairobi.
The Harambee Stars recorded their biggest win against Zanzibar (10-0) on October, 1961 and four years later they were outclassed by Ghana 12-2, which is considered the team’s biggest defeat.