July 17, 2019 / 9:20 AM / a month ago

FACTBOX-Soccer-Africa Cup of Nations final - Senegal v Algeria

CAIRO, July 17 (Reuters) - Factbox on Senegal and Algeria, who contest Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations final at the Cairo International Stadium.

SENEGAL

Best performance: Runners-up 2002

Previous appearances in finals: (14) 1965, 1968, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2017

FIFA world ranking June 2019: 22

Coach: Aliou Cisse

Cisse captained Senegal at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, where they beat holders France in the opening game and reached the quarter-final.

His club career took in spells at Lille and Paris St Germain before playing in the English Premier League with Birmingham City and Portsmouth.

He coached Senegal’s Under-23 team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and then took over the senior side in 2015 and will be coaching at a second successive Cup of Nations finals.

The 43-year-old also qualified Senegal for the last World Cup finals in Russia.

Road to the final

Group C

June 23 (Cairo) beat Tanzania 2-0 (Keita Balde, Krepin Diatta)

June 27 (Cairo) lost 0-1 to Algeria

July 1 (Cairo) beat Kenya 3-0 (Ismaila Sarr, Sadio Mane 2, 1pen)

Last 16

July 5 (Cairo) beat Uganda 1-0 (Mane)

Quarter-final

July 10 (Cairo) beat Benin 1-0 (Idrissa Gana Gueye)

Semi-final

July 14 (Cairo) beat Tunisia 1-0 aet (Dylan Bronn own goal)

Expected final line-up: Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Cheikhou Kouyate, Salif Sane, Youssouf Sabaly, Badou Ndiaye, Henri Saivet, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Mbaye Diagne, Sadio Mane, Mbaye Niang.

RECENT MEETINGS

June 2019 Algeria 1-0 Senegal (Cairo)*

Jan 2017 Algeria 2-2 Senegal (Franceville, Gabon)*

Oct 2015 Algeria 1-0 Senegal (Algiers)

Jan 2015 Algeria 2-0 Senegal (Malabo, Equatorial Guinea)*

Sept 2008 Algeria 3-2 Senegal (Blida)#

* Africa Cup of Nations match # World Cup qualifier

ALGERIA

Best performance: Winners 1990

Previous appearances in finals (17): 1968, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017.

FIFA world ranking June 2019: 68

Coach: Djamel Belmadi

The 43-year-old French-born midfielder was on the books of Paris St Germain, Olympique Marseille, Manchester City and Southampton during a playing career from 1995 and 2009 and captained Algeria at the 2004 Cup of Nations finals.

His managerial career began at club level in Qatar and he took charge of their national team for a year but was fired after Qatar finished bottom of the group at the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia.

Algeria gave him a four-year contract last July.

Road to the final

Group C

June 23 (Cairo) beat Kenya 2-0 (Baghdad Bounedjah pen, Riyad Mahrez)

June 27 (Cairo) beat Senegal 1-0 (Youcef Belaili)

July 1 (Cairo) beat Tanzania 3-0 (Adam Ounas 2, Islam Slimani)

Last 16

July 7 (Cairo) beat Guinea 3-0 (Belaili, Mahrez, Ounas)

Quarter-final

July 11 (Suez) beat Ivory Coast 4-3 on penalties after 1-1 draw (Sofiane Feghouli)

Semi-final

July 14 (Cairo) beat Nigeria 2-1 (William Troost Ekong own goal, Mahrez)

Expected final line-up: Rais Mbolhi, Ramy Bensebaini, Aissa Mandi, Djamel Benlartmi, Mehdi Zeffane, Adlene Guedioura, Ismail Bennacer, Riyad Mahrez, Sofiane Feghouli, Youcef Belaili, Baghdad Bounedjah.

Compiled by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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