Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2021 match:
Egypt will be looking to build on back-to-back wins over Botswana and Liberia when they host Kenya at Borg El Arab Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. The Pharaohs failed to impress at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in their homeland, and, no doubt, they are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign. Considering that the Egyptians are likely to fight tooth and nail against Kenya, we believe that punters can find value in betting on the home side.
As always, all eyes will be on Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who found the net in a 3-1 win over Manchester City at the weekend. The Kenyans have been struggling in front of goal in 2019, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Egypt’s party in Borg El Arab. You should bear in mind that the Pharaohs are eyeing their seventh consecutive win over the Harambee Stars in all competitions.
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 (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.