Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2021 match:
After failing to win their first two group games, Egypt will be looking to register their first win in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers when they face Togo on Saturday. The Pharaohs are the most successful team in the AFCON finals, but they will have to prove their worth on the field in the qualifier against Togo. The likes of Taher Mohamed Taher, Akram Tawfik, Ahmed Ayman Mansour and El-Madhy Soliman did not make the cut, while Mohamed Sherif has received his first call-up.
As always, all eyes will be on Mohamed Salah, who is enjoying yet another successful season in the Premier League. Aston Villa attacker Mahmoud Trezeguet could play an important role in Saturday’s qualifier as well. Since the likes of Djene, Dossevi, Sunu, and Fo-Doh Laba are the most notable names in the away team, we are tempted to put our money on Egypt, who are desperate to get back on course.
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 (Togo):
The Togolese national football team are well known for the incident that happened at the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola. The Togo team bus was attacked by gunmen and it has to be noted that three men were killed during the attack. As a result, les Eperviers decided to withdraw from the tournament, but that decision proved costly for the Togolese national team.
The Confederation of African Football banned Togo from taking part in the next two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations and the Togolese Football Association were fined $50,000 as well. Speaking of their participation in the World Cup finals, Togo qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but they failed to impress in the group stages of the showpiece tournament, suffering a loss in each of their three group games against France, Switzerland and South Korea.
Emmanuel Adebayor is the most famous footballer who played for les Eperviers and you should know that the former Arsenal striker scored 31 goals in 66 appearances for the Togolese national team.