Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
Senegal will be aiming to move one step closer to winning their first ever Africa Cup of Nations title when they take on Equatorial Guinea at Japoma Stadium. The Lions of Teranga set up a meeting with the National Thunder by beating Cape Verde 2-0, but keep in mind that Pedro Brito’s troops finished the match with nine men on the field. As always, a man to watch in the home team will be Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane, who scored the opener in the quarter-finals.
The good news for the nominal hosts is that Cheikhou Kouyate is back from suspension. Equatorial Guinea, on the other hand, eliminated Mali on penalties in the quarter-finals, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Sunday’s clash. In their last meeting in a competitive match Senegal defeated Equatorial Guinea thanks to Luis Meseguer’s own goal, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself.
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.