Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
Algeria will look to retain top position in Group F when they take on Tanzania at Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium. Djamel Belmadi’s troops faced no difficulties in a 2-0 win over Uganda, while all first-team regulars were rested in a friendly against Niger where Abderrahmane Meziane scored the winner. Algeria aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and there is every chance Belmadi will field the best possible side against Tanzania.
Even though Man City ace Riyad Mahrez has been ruled out with injury, away win should be considered as Algeria are more of a team than Tanzania. The Taifa Stars played out a 1-1 draw with Niger in their opener, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against the Desert Warriors. It has to be noted that both Mnoga and Mkami limped off with injuries in the draw with Niger.
Highlighted Player (Mbwana Samatta):
Born in Dar Es Salaam on December 23, 1992, Mbwana Samatta is a Tanzania striker who plays for Genk in the Belgian Jupiler League. Samatta began his youth career at African Lyon and he played his first game at senior level for Simba SC, the club from his homeland.
In 2011 he moved to TP Mazembe and after scoring 60 goals in 103 league games for the club, the Tanzania international signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Genk. On August 23, 2018 Samatta scored a hat-trick against Brondby in the Europa League.
Speaking of his international debut, Samatta made his Tanzania debut in March, 2011 in a 2-1 win over Central African Republic. It has to be noted that the Genk attacker was named African Player of the Year (based in Africa) in 2015. His main position is centre-forward, but is capable of playing as a winger as well. His contract with Genk should expire on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Algeria):
The Algeria national football team was established in 1962 as they were not allowed to play international games under French Rule. El Khadra (the Greens) or the Desert Warriors participated at the World Cup finals four times and they recorded their best result at the major tournament in 2014 (Brazil), making it to the last 16.
The Algerians were producing outstanding displays under Vahid Halilhodzic, but despite making life difficult for star-studded Germany in the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament, the African team eventually failed to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals. Algeria play their home games in white shirts and white shorts, while the colour of the team’s away kit is green.
The Desert Warriors impressed at the 1990 African Cup of Nations, with the team defeating Nigeria in the final of the tournament. It has to be noted, though, that Algeria hosted the tournament. The Algerians have been playing their home matches at Stade Mustapha Tchaker since 2006 and Stade 5 Juillet 1962 was regarded as the team’s home stadium before 2006.