Our football match prediction:
Back in 1990 Algeria won their first and only Africa Cup of Nations title, with the team beating Nigeria in the final of the tournament. The Algerians are eager to bring glory days back to their homeland and they are regarded as one of the main favourites to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations trophy. Coach Georges Leekens has a number of top-class players to choose from, but, no doubt, all eyes will be on the Premier League star Riyad Mahrez when Algeria face Zimbabwe in their opener. Sofiane Feghouli has been left out of the squad, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, we predict that El Khadra will emerge triumphant in their CAN opener. Zimbabwe managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their previous three friendly games and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s football match. Anyhow, home win appears on the cards.
Highlighted Player (El Arabi Hillel Soudani):
The 28-year-old Algeria international forward El Arabi Hillel Soudani has been with Dinamo Zagreb since 2013. He began his professional career at ASO Chief and has also represented Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes. Algeria's seventh-highest goalscorer in history, Soudani featured in 2013 and 2015 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Soon after his arrival to Croatia, El Arani Hillal Soudani became one of the most valuable members of the first-team. The 28-year-old striker scored some of the highly important goals for the club, one of which was his UEFA Champions League playoff goal during extra time of the match with RB Salzburg in August 2016. The Algeria international scored a winning goal for his side in a 2-1 triumph which was enough to secure a Champions League group stage participation for the Croatian giants, their fourth since 2010.
Highlighted Team (Zimbabwe):
The Zimbabwe national team were known as the Southern Rhodesia national team from 1939 t0 1964 and they played under the name of Rhodesia until 1980. They became Zimbabwe in 1980 and they played their first World Cup qualifying game against Cameroon, losing 2-1. The Warriors have yet to qualify for the World Cup finals, but it has to be noted that they qualified for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Zimbabwe faced the likes of Swaziland, Guinea and Malawi in Group L and they clinched top position in their qualifying group, three points clear of second-placed Swaziland. The Warriors play their home games in yellow shirts and yellow shorts, while the colour of their away kit is green. National Sports Stadium is considered Zimbabwe’s home stadium and the capacity of the venue is 60,000. The team recorded their biggest win on 26 August, 1990 as they rolled over Botswana 7-0 in Gaborone.