Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2024 match:
Following back-to-back draws with Mozambique and Ghana, Egypt will look to record their first win at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations when they take on Cape Verde at Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny. The Pharaohs obviously struggle at the back and they head into the decider without key player Mohamed Salah. The Liverpool ace will be out of contention for at least ten days with a leg injury, with Mostafa Fathi likely to replace him in the starting XI.
The Blue Sharks, on the other hand, aim to keep their 100% record in Group B intact, but seeing that they have already booked their place in the knockout stages, we are tempted to put our money on Rui Vitoria’s charges. Pedro Leitao Brito is widely expected to mix the squad against Egypt as his men have already clinched top position in Group B, with all Cuca, Rocha Santos, Semedo, Benchimol, and Rodrigues pushing for recalls to the starting XI.
Highlighted Player (Garry Rodrigues):
Garry Rodriguez is a Cape Verde international who was born in Rotterdam on November 27, 1990. Rodrigues started his youth career at his hometown club Feyenoord and in 2007 he moved to Real SC. The pacey winger made his senior debut as a XerxesDZB player during the 2009/2010 season and after scoring two goals in 15 appearances in the league, he left the club in 2011.
The Cape Verde footballer played for the likes of Rostocker, Boshuizen, Den Haag, Dordrecht, Levski Sofia, Elche and PAOK before joining Galatasaray in 2017. Rodrigues quickly established himself as a first team regular at Gala and he played an important role in Fatih Terim’s team that won the Turkish Super Lig in the 2017/2018 season.
Speaking of his international career, Garry Rodrigues made his debut for Cape Verde national team in August, 2013 against Gabon. The Galatasaray winger represented Cape Verde at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
Highlighted Team (Egypt):
Egypt are an African football team that plays their home games at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria. Over the years Egypt have established themselves as the most successful national team in Africa and you should bear in mind that they won their seventh African Cup of Nations trophy in 2010.
The Pharaohs participated at the World Cup finals on two occasions (1934 and 1990) and they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament. Egypt suffered a 4-2 loss to Hungary on their World Cup debut and it has to be noted that the African team scored no more than one goal at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
Ahmed Hassan is the player with the most caps for the Egyptian national team (184), while Hossam Hassan is the team’s top scorer (68). The colour of Egypt’s home kit is red and white and the Pharaohs play their away games in white shits and black shorts.