Algeria chase first CHAN title …as they clash with Senegal today

The 2023 African Nations Cham­pionship draws to a thrilling conclusion today, when Algeria and Senegal go head-to-head in the grand finale.

Algeria breezed past the chal­lenge of Niger in the previous round, while Senegal just about saw off the threat of Madagascar in their last-four encounter.

Senegal showed great resolve to narrowly defeat Madagascar 1-0 when the sides locked horns at the Nelson Mandela Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Pape Thiaw’s men broke the deadlock through Pape Diallo after just four minutes, and that was enough to get the job done in a tense affair in Baraki.

Consequently, the Lions of Teranga have now come out on top in each of their most recent three outings without conceding a single goal in that time.

Awaiting them next is the challenge of an opposing side who are unbeaten in the last sev­en meetings between the teams across all competitions.

Seeking to avenge their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final defeat at the hands of today’s op­ponents, Senegal will definitely be fired up for this weekend’s affair.

Algeria served up the best CHAN performance so far by a considerable distance as they handed a 5-0 thrashing to the Dama Gazelle of Niger at the Mi­loud Hadefi Stadium on Tuesday.

Ayoub Abdellaoui’s opener, an Aymen Mahious brace and Kata­kore Boureima’s own goal put Madjid Bougherra’s men in cruise control after which Soufiane Bayazid put the final nail in the coffin late on.

Since kicking off the New Year with a goalless stalemate against Ghana, the Fennec Foxes are currently on a run of five wins on the bounce by a combined score of 9-0.

Off the back of six straight clean sheets leading up to today’s contest, Algeria will fancy their themselves of keeping things tight at the back en route to a positive result once again. — SportsMole

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