Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2019 match:
Egypt will be looking to keep their 100% record at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations intact when they take on South Africa at Cairo International Stadium on Saturday evening. The Pharaosh are eyeing their fourth consecutive clean sheet at the tournament in their homeland and they are seen as hot favourites to win the last 16 clash against the Bafana Bafana. Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah, who has already netted two goals at the 2019 AFCON, is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
South Africa, on the other hand, booked their place in the knockout stages despite suffering two defeats in Group D. Seeing that the Bafana Bafana were beaten by the likes of Ivory Coast and Morocco in the group stages, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Egypt’s party at Cairo International Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Mohamed Salah):
Mohamed Salah is considered one of the best African players. Salah began his senior career at El Mokawloon, scoring 11 goals in 41 league appearances for the club and in 2012 he moved to Europe, signing a four-year deal with Swiss side Basel.
The pacey winger, who is capable of playing as a striker as well was producing outstanding displays for the RotBlau from 2012 to 2014 and, as a result, Chelsea chiefs decided to sign him on 26 January, 2015 for a fee of £11 million. Mohamed Salah, though, failed to impress in the Premier league and one year later he was sent on loan to Fiorentina.
After making 16 league appearances for the Viola in the Serie A, the left-footed winger signed a loan deal with Roma on 6 August, 2015. The Romans made the contract permanent on 3 August, 2016. Speaking of his international career, Salah made his Egypt debut on 3 September, 2011 in a 2-1 loss to Sierra Leone. It has to be noted that he was named Roma’s player of the season (2015/2016).
Highlighted Team (South Africa):
Controlled by South Africa Football Association, South Africa national football team mainly play their home games at FNB Stadium which can hold up to 94,736 spectators. The Bafana Bafana qualified for their first FIFA World Cup in 1998, but they failed to advance to the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament in France.
Four years later South Africa participated at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea, with the team suffering once again suffering elimination in the group stages of the competition. South Africa were elected to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but despite defeating France in Group A, they eventually failed to book their place in the last 16.
The Bafana Bafana, though, did well to win the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, with the team beating Tunisia in the title game. South Africa played their first international game against Argentina back in 1906, with the team suffering a 1-0 loss to the Albiceleste,