An early final between Egypt and Ivory Coast in the second round of the African Cup

Douala (Cameroon): after 14 years of absence since the last confrontation between them in Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt will return to compete with the Ivory Coast in the continental competition, currently in course in Cameroon, in head to the 16-game round of the tournament on Wednesday. The match is considered an early tournament final, mainly because it brings together two teams.The total number of tournaments won in African nations has reached 9 titles, with 7 titles for the Egyptian team, which is in tops the list of the most winning teams in competition and two titles for Ivory Coast, which held the Continental Cup in 1992. and 2015. Egypt qualified for the playoffs after finishing second in Group D in the first round with 6 points, losing 0- 1 against Nigeria in the first round, while they won the same result over Guinea-Bissau and Sudan in the second and third round respectively. On the other hand, Cote d’Ivoire reached the round of 16, having led the Group E standings with 5 points, despite its performance fluctuating during the three fights, starting his campaign with a difficult 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea in the first round, drawing 2/2 with Sierra Leone in the second round.The match saw a catastrophic gag from goalkeeper Ali Badara Sangari, who made his own goal equalized in the last few moments. Ivory Coast showed their true face during their big 3/1 victory over Algeria (the title holder) at the end of the group stage matches, to be in another appointment with one of the Arab teams participating in the tournament. Despite the anticipated clash with the Ivorian team, the Egyptian fans have high hopes of overcoming the obstacle of the team (Elephants), given the overwhelming superiority of the Egyptian team in the direct clashes of the two teams in competition. During the previous 10 matches played between the two teams in African nations, the Egyptian team stood out in 9 comparisons, the last of which was a landslide 4/1 win in the 2008 competition semifinals in Ghana, compared to a single victory for the Ivory Coast that came in the 1990 version in Algeria, when the Egyptians participated in the second class of the tournament, after the late Mahmoud El-Gohary, then coach of the first team, refused to play with his team in the competition in order not to prejudice his preparations to participate in the World Cup in Italy in the same year. The Ivory Coast team was a “good omen” for the Egyptian team in their encounters with the nations of Africa, after being a “passport” for the (Pharaohs) team to win four titles in the tournament. In 1986, the Egyptians got theirs prime victories in that version about elephants in the group stage, paving the way for the victory of their third title in the continental championship of the time. In the 1998 edition in Burkina Faso, the Egyptian team crossed paths with the Ivorian counterpart on penalty kicks in the quarter-finals, to continue the march in the competition which was crowned for the fourth time in that moment, before the matter was repeated in the 2006 edition in Egypt, where the Pharaohs regained the title after an absence of 8 years, winning on penalties Also on the Ivory Coast in final, to continue the Egyptian superiority in their meeting in the 2008 edition, where the Ivorians were the gateway to the passage of the Egyptians in final and then win the cup. In total, the two teams met in 21 matches at an official and friendly level, with Egypt winning in overwhelmingly with 12 wins compared to Ivory Coast’s 6 wins, while the draw ended with 3 games. Despite this Egyptian superiority, the latest confrontation between the two teams ended with a victory that is the biggest for the Ivory Coast in the record of matches between the two teams, as they won 4/2 in a friendly in January 2013 While Egyptian fans have high hopes for Mohamed Salah, the star of the Liverpool squad, who is currently the Premier League top scorer, with 16 goals, is far ahead of his closest rivals. The Ivory Coast national team has a battalion full of professional stars in various roles e in many prestigious club Europeans. Sebastian Heller, the Dutch star of Ajax Amsterdam, currently the top scorer in the Champions League in this season, he is leading the Ivorian battalion in the tournament, which also includes Frank Kessie, AC Milan midfielder, Nicolas Pepe and Louis Zaha, Arsenal and Crystal Palace players respectively, reflecting the difficulty of confrontation for the Egyptian team. What increases the difficulty of the confrontation for the Egyptian team is the great desire of the players of the Ivory Coast to win the title of that edition of the tournament, to make up for the team’s failure to qualify for the final phase of the tournament. The African qualifiers for the World Cup in Qatar quest’year. Perhaps facing the Ivory Coast national team will be an opportunity for Carlos Queiroz, coach of the Egyptian national team, to restore confidence to the Egyptian fans, who have repeatedly criticized the way in including the Portuguese coach, who has led the Spanish team of Real Madrid since 2003. and 2004, as well as teams from Portugal, Colombia, Iran, the Emirates and South Africa. Many have called for Queiroz to be expelled from his post due to the lackluster appearance of the Egyptian team during the group stage, but the veteran manager has stressed more than once that his main goal with the Egyptian team is to qualify. at the World Cup in Qatar. Interestingly, the winner of that confrontation will meet the winner of the match between Morocco and Malawi in the quarter-finals, which will take place on Tuesday. (Dpa)