Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2017 match:
Egypt and Cameroon face each other in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final. The Pharaohs defeated Burkina Faso on penalties in the semis and thanks to Amr Warda’s goal they made it to the final of the tournament for the ninth time in the history of the Egypt national team. The Egyptians are after their eighth Africa Cup of Nations trophy, but Sunday’s football match against Cameroon will be anything but a walk in the park for Hector Cuper’s men. Mohamed Salah found the net in the victory over Burkina Faso, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay in the title game. Cameroon, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 2-0 win over star-studded Ghana and it remains to be seen if they are capable of winning their first Africa Cup of Nations title since 2002. Anyhow, we predict that both teams will adopt a cautious approach in the title game.
Highlighted Player (Mahmoud Hassan):
Mahmoud Hassan is a product of Al Ahly’s youth school. The midfielder, who was born in Kafr el-Sheikh on 1 October, 1994, scored seven goals in 58 league appearances for Al Ahly between 2012 and 2016 and he spent the 2015/2016 season on loan at Anderlecht. The club chiefs decided to sign a permanent deal with the Egyptian footballer and it has to be noted that he made his official debut for the Belgian giants on 27 December against Westerlo. The Anderlecht midfielder, who is commonly known as “Trezeguet”, won the CAF Champions League trophy with Al Ahly on two occasions (2012, 2013) and he clinched the Afirca U20 Cup of Nations in 2013 with Egypt. “Trezeguet” has 19 caps for Egypt U20 team and he made his debut for the first team on 30 August, 2014 in a 1-0 win over Kenya. He started the game, but he was substituted by Ahmed Fathy 20 minutes before the end. Mahmoud Hassan has a contract with Anderlecht which expires on 30 June, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Cameroon):
Cameroon are an African team that played their first ever game against Belgian Congo back in 1956. The Indomitable Lions made 7 appearances at the World Cup finals and they recorded their best result at the major tournament in 1990. Cameroon made it to the 1990 World Cup quarter-finals by beating Colombia in the last 16, but England proved to be a big catch for the African team. Speaking of Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon clinched their fourth CAN trophy in 2002, when they defeated Senegal in the title game. A number of world-class footballers played for the Indomitable Lions in the past and the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Rigobert Song, Roger Milla, Patrick M’Boma, Stephane Mbia and Geremi are the most notable players who were part of the Cameroonian national football team. Samuel Eto’o made 118 appearances for Cameroon, scoring 56 goals for the national team and he is regarded as the team’s top scorer. Eto’o used to play for the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Everton and Sampdoria in the past.