AFCON 2019 is finally here and hosts Egypt will hope to get their campaign off to a winning start against an unpredictable Zimbabwe side.
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Match preview 🏆
There’s a significant amount of pressure on Egypt to win the tournament on home soil. Of the four previous tournaments as hosts, the Pharaohs lifted the title on three occasions – 1959, 1986 and 2006. The only exception was 1974. The Pharaohs can go all the way, taking into consideration their impressive home form. Egypt last lost a home match in January 2016. Including friendlies, they are unbeaten in 17 games, winning 15.
Five of tournament host Egypt’s last six home matches (including friendlies) have produced over 2.5 match goals. So too have six of Zimbabwe’s nine AFCON matches, which strongly implies that this could be a very entertaining AFCON opener. However, four of Zimbabwe’s last five games on foreign soil have been goalless at the break so it could be tight for a while.
An unprecedented eighth AFCON crown is in Egypt’s sights, but first, they must negotiate a dangerous Zimbabwe side that finished top of their qualifying group. Let’s hope that AFCON starts with a bang.
Players to watch 🌟
Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah has been the final goalscorer of the day in three of Egypt’s last five international matches and he’s just off a successful European Cup success with his club. Zimbabwe’s Knowledge Musona has six goals and two assists in his last six international matches and he will be their spearhead.