Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2019 match:
All eyes will be on New Suez Stadium when Ivory Coast and Algeria face each other in the 2019 AFCON quarter finals. The Elephants booked their place in the quarter finals by beating Mali 1-0, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football game against Algeria. The Desert Warriors have been impressive at the tournament in Egypt, with the team aiming to keep their 100% record intact.
Riyad Mahrez has been in a splendid form at the 2019 tournament and the Manchester City superstar is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Anyhow, Algeria are more of a team than Ivory Coast and we predict that they are going to advance to the final. In their last meeting at AFCON the Elephants defeated the Desert Warriors, meaning that Riyad Mahrez and Co. are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Nicolas Pépé):
Born in France to parents of Ivorian descent, Nicolas Pepe became a full Ivory Coast international in 2016. In a symbolic twist of events, Pepe was handed his Ivory Coast debut in a goalless draw against his birth nation France days after receiving his first-ever call-up.
Pepe began his career in the lower leagues in Poitiers in 2012, before moving to Angers a year later. Having proven his qualities in the second-string side, Pepe was instated in Angers’ first team in 2013. Four years later – which included a season-long loan spell at Orleans – Nicolas Pepe was transferred to Lille. Les Dogues beat several sides to the signature of this pacey winger who is no stranger to scoring goals. Quick with his feet, Pepe can be deployed on the right wing and as a centre-forward.
The Ivory Coast international is unpredictable in his movement and not easy to keep an eye on, especially because of his powerful left foot.
Highlighted Team (Algeria):
The Algeria national football team was established in 1962 as they were not allowed to play international games under French Rule. El Khadra (the Greens) or the Desert Warriors participated at the World Cup finals four times and they recorded their best result at the major tournament in 2014 (Brazil), making it to the last 16.
The Algerians were producing outstanding displays under Vahid Halilhodzic, but despite making life difficult for star-studded Germany in the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament, the African team eventually failed to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals. Algeria play their home games in white shirts and white shorts, while the colour of the team’s away kit is green.
The Desert Warriors impressed at the 1990 African Cup of Nations, with the team defeating Nigeria in the final of the tournament. It has to be noted, though, that Algeria hosted the tournament. The Algerians have been playing their home matches at Stade Mustapha Tchaker since 2006 and Stade 5 Juillet 1962 was regarded as the team’s home stadium before 2006.