Baghdad Bounedjah's shot took a huge deflection off Senegal’s defender Salif Sane and looped over goalkeeper Alfred Gomes.
deflected goal was enough to give the Desert Fennecs of Algeria victory in the
2019 Total Africa Cup of nations (AFCON) final against Senegal on Friday night
at the Cairo International Stadium.
Bounedjah's shot took a huge deflection off Senegal’s defender Salif Sane and
looped over goalkeeper Alfred Gomes.
also had a penalty awarded in the second half, only for the video review (VAR)
to overturn the decision.
Niang also had two good scoring chances but shot wide.
It was Algeria’s
second AFCON title after winning the first in 1990. As Algerian players
celebrated the win, the Senegal players collapsed on the pitch in tears at the
“It was not
our day. We played against a good team but it hurts to suffer defeat to the
same side twice in the same tournament,” said Senegal’s star player Sadio Mane,
winner of the 2019 UEFA Champions League with Liverpool FC.
coach Djamel Belmadi whose team won all six games and drew once against Ivory
Coast before winning in penalties praised the players for being determined to prove
a point. "Without the players I am nothing. The players applied the
instructions incredibly well," said a happy Belmadi.
captain and Manchester City player Riyad Mahrez said it was one of his happiest
moments in football. “It feels really good to be captain of the national team
and win the AFCON,” added Mahrez who netted three goals in the tournament.
coach Aliou Cisse said the defeat was painful. “But I have to thank my players
for playing their hearts out because we have not got to the final since 2002,”
added Cisse, captain of the Senegal team in 2002.
In the Group
stages Algeria beat Kenya 2-0, stopped Senegal 1-0 before seeing off Tanzania
3-0. The Desert Fennecs saw off Guinea 3-0 in the Group of 16 before winning
4-3 against Ivory Coast after a 1-1 draw at the quarter final stage. They
needed a late goal to beat Nigeria 2-1 in the semi finals.
trophy, Algeria take home a cash prize of Ug Shs16.6 billion (US$4.5 million),
while the Senegal win Ug Shs 7.38 billion (US$2 million).
Cranes reached the Stage of 16 where they lost to Senegal 1-0. All the other
teams from the Council for East and Central African Football Associations
(CECAFA) Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi fell out at the group stage.