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Egypt will lean on Salah at African showpiece

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Good News – Mohamed Salah, in prolific have for Liverpool this season, will lead Egypt in opposition to bogey group Nigeria in a blockbuster Community D opener on the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.Salah leads all scorers in the Premier League this season with 16 dreams, at the side of one in the 2-2 plan with Chelsea on Sunday, his final match sooner than leaving for west Africa.READ ALSO: Watford reject Senegal claims of ‘blocking off’ Sarr from taking part in AFCONThough Egypt occupy obtained a represent seven Cup of Nations titles, they occupy got triumphed easiest twice in seven clashes with three-time champions Nigeria in the competition ahead of the January 11 showdown.Right here, AFP Sport places the spotlight on the four Community D contenders. The neighborhood winners and runners-up are assured of ultimate-16 places whereas basically the most fascinating four third-placed groups from the six groups additionally qualify.EgyptThe Pharaohs’ Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz has backed Aston Villa forward Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan to shine on the Cup of Nations even supposing he has now not performed a chubby senior match since mid-April due to injury. The 27-year-ancient became an unused substitute in three Premier League  matches for the length of December sooner than coming off the bench for a cameo appearance in opposition to Brentford.“Trezeguet is an experienced and extremely most fascinating participant,” used Precise Madrid manager and twice Manchester United assistant manager Queiroz stated. “I am definite he will be a key opt for us.”Not like most Cameroon-spin groups, Egypt will count closely on residence-essentially based stars, picking 19 and easiest six essentially based in another nation, at the side of Salah and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny.NigeriaA chaotic originate-up for Nigeria has incorporated a exchange of coaches, the shortcoming of a giant title forward on legend of they requested his liberate too slack, and the withdrawal of just a few key gamers due to Covid and accidents.   German Gernot Rohr became sacked after the Neat Eagles scraped into the very most fascinating round of 2022 World Cup qualifying and Augustine Eguavoen, who performed for Nigeria on the 1994 World Cup, has been placed in non permanent price.He may per chance doubtless perchance perchance occupy to attain with out in-have Emmanuel Dennis on legend of Premier League membership Watford narrate Nigeria did now not alert them in time that they had been deciding on him, and coronavirus has dominated out another traditional scorer, Victor Osimhen of Italian membership Napoli.However Nigeria are by no formula more terrible than when all appears misplaced. They non-public a squad able to successful the Cup of Nations, or making a humiliating final-16 exit.Guinea-BissauThe Djurtus (wild dogs), for a protracted time an African football light-weight, occupy reached the finals a third consecutive time below coach Baciro Cande. Gritty opponents in qualifiers, the west Africans occupy struggled on the greater stage of the finals, securing completely one level from every outdated appearance.However a bunch skippered by goalkeeper Jonas Mendes will be hopeful of a well-known grasp after they commence up in opposition to Sudan, a nation they hammered 4-2 in a World Cup qualifier in Omdurman final September.Mendes and forwards Piqueti and Frederic Mendy had been piece of the 2017 and 2019 campaigns and Porto chubby-support Nanu and midfielder Moreto Cassama, from French Ligue 1 membership Reims, are doable stars.SudanOne-time champions Sudan are support after a 10-year absence having used aerial vitality to upset South Africa in a key qualifier.The Jediane Falcons reached the 2012 quarter-finals, but it undoubtedly is now not easy to deem them repeating that feat below new coach Burhan Tia.He succeeded Frenchman Hubert Velud, who paid the cost for winless World Cup and Arab Cup neighborhood campaigns.Salah-much less Egypt hammered Sudan 5-0 in the Arab Cup whereas the possibilities of repeating a 4-0 whipping of Nigeria in 1963 are wafer thin. That leaves Guinea-Bissau as basically the most fascinating real looking hope of a victory.AFP predicts: 1. Egypt, 2. Nigeria, 3. Guinea-Bissau, 4. Sudan 

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