Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2021 match:
Algeria will be aiming to clinch their spot at the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers when they face Zimbabwe at National Sports Stadium. When the two teams met at Stade du 5-Juillet four days ago, Algeria defeated Zimbabwe 3-1, and Riyad Mahrez and Co. are once again seen as favourites to pick up all three points from the match.
The Manchester City ace found the net in the Stade du 5-Juillet clash, while providing an assist for Feghouli, and, no doubt, he is going to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders in Monday’s showdown. Zimbabwe aim to retain their spot in top two, but they face yet another uphill task against Algeria. Considering that the game will be played behind closed doors due to the fierce of coronavirus spread, we are tempted to put our money on the Group H leaders.
Highlighted Player (Marvelous Nakamba):
Born on January 19, 1994 in Hwange, Marvelous Nakamba is a Zimbabwe international who plays for Club Brugge in the Belgian Jupiler League. Nakamba started his youth career at Highlanders and he made his senior debut with Bantu Rovers.
The Zimbabwe footballer played for Nancy before joining Vitesse in 2014. After scoring two goals in 67 appearances for the Dutch outfit in the league the central midfielder signed a four-year deal with Club Brugge in June, 2017 for a fee of £4 million. Nakamba made his Club Brugge debut in the league in July, 2017 in a 4-0 win over Sporting Lokeren.
Speaking of his international career, Marvelous Nakamba represented Zimbabwe in the under-20 level and he made his debut with the main squad in June, 2015 against Malawi. His main position is central midfield, but he is used as a defensive midfielder as well. Nakamba’s preferred foot is left.
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.