Cairo’s June 30 stadium will host Wednesday’s first quarterfinal of the 32nd edition of the 2019 African Nations Cup of Nations, between one of the tournament’s favorites, Senegal, and one of the tournament’s surprises, Benin.
The Teranga Lions will rely on their top scorer, Sadio Mané, to surprise the Benin team that will play without pressure. The Senegalese, chosen by the observers as title favorites, will do everything to consolidate their status and especially their supremacy over African football, since the class of Aliou Cissé are the first African nation in the FIFA rankings.
Mané & Co want to advance past the quarter-finals, where they were beaten on penalties in Gabon2017 against eventual champions Cameroon.
Mane, top scorer of the 2019 tournament, with three goals, will be happy to help his side qualifying to the semifinals, with an open eye on the final and the trophy itself. “My goal with Senegal is to win the competition,” said Liverpool striker Sadio Mané.
The Squirrels of Benin will be on the lookout for this meeting which remains a bonus for the players of Michel Dussuyer, who created the surprise by eliminating one of the title favorites; Morocco, on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Even if Benin has not yet won a match in Total AFCON 2019 (4 draws in 4 games), Stéphane Sessegnon’s teammates will still be able to make a sensation against the Senegalese Lions. The Squirrels have already rewritten history by qualifying for the first time for the quarterfinals in their fourth AFCON appearance.