Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2017 match:
Tunisia and Senegal face each other at the start of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in what is expected to be one of the most interesting games of Sunday’s program. The Tunisians finished their qualifying campaign in top position in Group A, two points clear of second-placed Togo and they are now on a quest to prove their worth at the showpiece tournament in Gabon. Premier League ace Wahbi Khazri will be the man to watch in the home team and it remains to be seen if he is capable of helping Henryk Kasperczak’s troops beat Senegal in their opener. The Lions of Teranga are eyeing their first ever Africa Cup of Nations trophy and they aim to kick off the tournament in style. However, Senegal are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Sunday’s football game against Tunisia and, taking everything into account, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in Franceville.
Highlighted Player (Aymen Abdennour):
Aymen Abdennour is a professional football player who was born on 6 August, 1989 in Sousse, Tunisia. Abdennour started his youth career at Etoile du Sahel and he continued playing for the senior team. After making 33 league appearances for the club, the powerful centre-back joined Toulouse in 201 and he played for les Pitchouns until 2014. In 2014 he signed a loan deal with Monaco and the club chiefs soon made the deal permanent. Aymen Abdennour played for les Rouges et Blancs in the 2014/2015 Ligue 1 campaign and at the end of the season he moved to Spain, signing a five-year deal with Valencia. Abdennour was the captain of the Tunisia under 21 team in the past and nowadays he plays regularly for the senior team. He scored his first goal for Tunisia in a 5-0 win over Chad in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on 5 June, 2011. Abdennour is a centre back, but he can be used as a full back as well.
Highlighted Team (Senegal):
The Senegaesel national football team made their first appearance at Africa Cup of Nations back in 1965, with the team finishing the tournament in fourth place. The Lions of Teranga booked their place at the FIFA World Cup finals in 2002 (for the first time) and they did remarkably well to make it to the quarter-finals of the showpiece tournament in South Korea and Japan. Senegal defeated Sweden in the last 16, with Henri Camara scoring the winner for the African team in the extra time. The Lions of Teranga have yet to win the Africa Cup of Nations, but they made it to the final of the tournament in 2002. Senegal faced Cameroon in the title game and they were more than unfortunate to lose the Africa Cup of Nations final on penalties. Former Liverpool ace El Hadji Diouf is probably the most famous footballer who played for the Senegalese national team. Senegal play their home games at Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor and the capacity of the venue is 60,000.