Our football match prediction:
Senegal kicked off their Africa Cup of Nations campaign in style, with the team beating Tunisia 2-0 in their opener. The Lions of Teranga proved their worth against the Eagles of Carthage, but they do not want to stop now. Sadio Mane scored from the penalty spot in the 2-0 win over Tunisia and the Liverpool superstar is likely to prove a handful for Zimbabwe defenders in Thursday’s football match. Senegal aim to get their job done in Group B as soon as possible and despite the fact that Callisto Pasuwa’s men created a number of clear-cut chances to score in a 2-2 draw with Algeria, we predict that Aliou Cisse’s troops will emerge triumphant in their second group game. When the two teams met at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations Senegal recorded a 2-0 win over Zimbabwe and we believe that the history is going to repeat itself.
Highligted Player (Kara Mbodji):
Kara Mbodji is a Senegalese footballer who plays for Belgian side Anderlecht as a defender. Mbodji played for the likes of Tromso and Genk in the past before joining Anderlecht on 7 August, 2015. The Senegalese defender signed a four-year deal with the Belgian outfit for a fee of €4.5 million and it has to be noted that he made 32 league appearances for the club in the 2015/2016 season. His main position is centre back, but he is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well. The 192-cm-tall footballer represented Senegal at the 2012 Summer Olympics and he participated at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations as well. He found the net in a 1-1 draw with South Africa in the second group game. Kara Mbodji was born in Ndiass on 11 November, 1989 and he played for Diambars during his youth career. In 2013 he won the Belgian Cup title with Genk.
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.