Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2019 match:
Egypt kick off their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a game against Zimbabwe. The Pharaohs failed to win the 2017 tournament and, no doubt, they are eager to regain the prestigious trophy. Mohamed Salah, who won the Champions League trophy with Liverpool earlier in 2019, will be the man to watch in Javier Aguirre’s team.
However, Mo’s teammates will have to be at their sharpest in Friday’s football game as well if the Egyptians are to make a flying start to their Africa Cup of Nations campaign. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, are eyeing their first win at the tournament since 2006 when they shocked Ghana. However, seeing that Mohamed Salah is in the form of his life, we are tempted to put our money on the Pharaohs. You should know that in each of their previous four meetings Egypt emerged triumphant.
Highlighted Player (Mahmoud Hassan):
Mahmoud Hassan is a product of Al Ahly’s youth school. The midfielder, who was born in Kafr el-Sheikh on 1 October, 1994, scored seven goals in 58 league appearances for Al Ahly between 2012 and 2016 and he spent the 2015/2016 season on loan at Anderlecht.
The club chiefs decided to sign a permanent deal with the Egyptian footballer and it has to be noted that he made his official debut for the Belgian giants on 27 December against Westerlo.
The Anderlecht midfielder, who is commonly known as “Trezeguet”, won the CAF Champions League trophy with Al Ahly on two occasions (2012, 2013) and he clinched the Afirca U20 Cup of Nations in 2013 with Egypt. “Trezeguet” has 19 caps for Egypt U20 team and he made his debut for the first team on 30 August, 2014 in a 1-0 win over Kenya. He started the game, but he was substituted by Ahmed Fathy 20 minutes before the end. Mahmoud Hassan has a contract with Anderlecht which expires on 30 June, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Zimbabwe):
The Zimbabwe national team were known as the Southern Rhodesia national team from 1939 t0 1964 and they played under the name of Rhodesia until 1980. They became Zimbabwe in 1980 and they played their first World Cup qualifying game against Cameroon, losing 2-1.
The Warriors have yet to qualify for the World Cup finals, but it has to be noted that they qualified for the 2017 African Cup of Nations. Zimbabwe faced the likes of Swaziland, Guinea and Malawi in Group L and they clinched top position in their qualifying group, three points clear of second-placed Swaziland. The Warriors play their home games in yellow shirts and yellow shorts, while the colour of their away kit is green.
National Sports Stadium is considered Zimbabwe’s home stadium and the capacity of the venue is 60,000. The team recorded their biggest win on 26 August, 1990 as they rolled over Botswana 7-0 in Gaborone.