Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
There will be fireworks when Senegal and Cape Verde face each other at Kouekong Stadium in the AFCON 2021 last 16. The Lions of Teranga are eyeing their fourth consecutive clean sheet at the tournament, and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Tuesday’s clash. Napoli centre-back has recovered from coronavirus, and he is likely to keep his place in the starting XI. As always, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane, who scored the winner in the opener against Zimbabwe.
Cape Verde set up a meeting with Senegal by holding hosts Cameroon to a 1-1 draw. Since the Blue Sharks have already kept two clean sheets at the showpiece tournament, we are tempted to put our money on under 2.5 goals. Olympiakos midfielder Garry Rodrigues should be recalled to Cape Verde’s starting XI after scoring the equalizer in the last group match.
Highlighted Player (Kalidou Koulibaly):
Despite being born in Saint-Die-des-Vosges, France on June 20, 1991, Kalidou Koulibaly represents Senegal on the international stage. Koulibaly began his youth career at Saint-Die, but he played for Metz at the start of his career as well.
The left-footed defender continued playing for les Grenats at the senior level and it has to be noted that he made 42 appearances in the league for the club before joining Genk in 2012. In 2014 Koulibaly signed a five-year deal with Napoli for a fee of £6.5 million. In August 2014 the Senegal international made his Champions League debut in a 1-1 draw with Athletic Club.
Kalidou Koulibaly is a tall, quick and physically strong footballer, who is impressive in the air. He is capable of playing as both centre and full back. The Napoli defender made his Senegal debut in September 2015 against Namibia. In 2017 he represented the Lions of Teranga at the Africa Cup of Nations.