AFCON 2022 finally welcomes the new champions, Senegal after beating Egypt 4-2 on penalties in a tight game in the summit, whereas some teams opted to relieve their boss after their early exit.
Senegal and Egypt are squaring off three times in three months for the AFCON 2022 final and the upcoming two-legged world cup African playoffs. For now, Sadio Mane and Co is taking the lead after beating The Pharaohs 4-2 in a shootout after only mustering a goalless draw in 120 minutes. Both sides traded attacks and decent chances, even Aliou Cisse’s men had a chance to take the lead while they were given a penalty at the first half. Unfortunately, the Liverpool man’s strike was denied by Abou ‘Gabanski’ Gabal who was in form between the sticks. Yet, Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy was able to keep the clean sheet too with several actions in the six yard box to anticipate several attempts from the Egyptians. The shootout eventually had to be done and with two victories on penalties at the knockout stage, Carlos Quieroz’s men had been understandably confident. Gabanski saved one first but Mohammed Abdelmonem’s strike only hit the post. Mendy eventually did save one penalty from Mostafa Lasheen before Mane buried the last one. It was a deserved victory for Senegal who lost twice in the finals before in 2002 and 2019 edition.
Senegal vs Egypt 0-0 (4-2) on penalties
Senegal: Edouard Mendy – Diallo, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sarr, Ciss – Nampalys Mendy, Idrissa Gueye, Kouyate (Pape Gueye 66) – Famara Diehiou (Bamba Dieng 77), Ismaila Sarr (Boulaye Dia 77), Sadio Mane
Egypt: Abou Gabal – Wensh, Mohamed Abdelmonem, Ahmed El Fotouh, Ashour – Mohammed Elneny, Amr El Solya (Trezeguet 59), Hamdy Fathy (Lasheen 99) – Omar Marmoush (Zizo 59), Mustafa Mohammed (Marwan Hamdy 59), Mo Salah
As the curtain falls on AFCON, eight teams are soon getting ready for the world cup playoffs next March. Two of them, Tunisia and Ghana, apparently have decided to dismiss their bosses, Mondher Kebaier and Miroslav Rajevac respectively. However, they opt for different replacement. The Carthage Eagles decided to name the assistant Jalel Kadri to be at the helm of the team against Mali in the playoff while The Black Stars appointed the former Brighton boss, Chris Houghton.
Jalel Kadri is not exactly new figure in Tunisia national team, before being Kebaier’s number two from 2021, he was once also working in the same position in 2013 and took charge of Tunisia U20 between 2007 and 2008. Meanwhile, Chris Hughton is definitely more famous as well as experienced figure, especially in English football. The former Irish international who is actually half Ghanaian from his father side guided Newcastle and Brighton to the EPL promotion in 2010 and 2017. He also led Norwich to finish eleventh in 2013 and kept The Seagulls in the top flight in their first EPL season. Unfortunately, he was dismissed in the following season after their poor early campaign. Hughton’s last job was a manager in the EFL side Nottingham Forest in September 2021.