Our football match prediction:
Over the years Egypt have established themselves as the dominant force in African football. The seven-time Africa Cup of Nations champions have big ambitions for the 2017 tournament and they will face the likes of Mali, Ghana and Uganda in Group D. The Pharaons won their last Africa Cup of Nations trophy back in 2010 and it has to be noted that they defeated Ghana in the title game at the showpiece tournament in Angola. Striker Basem Morsy is a notable absentee from the Egypt squad, but Serie A superstar Mohamed Salah is definitely capable of making life difficult for Mali defenders. Alain Giresse’s men impressed in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group, but beating Egypt in their opener is easier said than done. The Egyptians are a very experienced side and that is the main reason why we predict they will defeat Mali in Tuesday’s football match at Stade de Port-Gentil.
Highlighted Player (Kalifa Coulibaly):
Kalifa Coulibaly is a Malian international who began his senior career at Paris Saint-Germain B. After spending four years at Parc des Princes, he moved to Charleroi in 2014 and the Malian striker scored seven goals in 31 league appearances for the Belgian outfit. At the end of the season he left the club, signing a contract with Gent and he has been playing for De Buffalo’s ever since. Kalifa Coulibaly made his Gent debut on 9 August, 2015 in a 1-1 draw with Anderlecht. He scored four goals in 24 league games for the club in the 2015/2016 season, picking up just one yellow card in the process. Coulibaly made his Mali debut on 15 October, 2013 in a 3-1 win over South Korea. He started the match from the bench, substituting Ousmane Coulibaly in the second half of the game. His contract with Gent expires on 30 June, 2019. Coulibaly’s main position is centre forward.
Highlighted Team (Egypt):
Egypt are an African football team that plays their home games at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria. Over the years Egypt have established themselves as the most successful national team in Africa and you should bear in mind that they won their seventh Africa Cup of Nations trophy in 2010. The Pharaohs participated at the World Cup finals on two occasions (1934 and 1990) and they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament. Egypt suffered a 4-2 loss to Hungary on their World Cup debut and it has to be noted that the African team scored no more than one goal at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Ahmed Hassan is the player with the most caps for the Egyptian national team (184), while Hossam Hassan is the team’s top scorer (68). The colour of Egypt’s home kit is red and white and the Pharaohs play their away games in white shits and black shorts.