The Magic Bougherra Cubs set a date with history when they face their Senegalese counterpart, for the final round of the seventh edition of the African Nations Championship for Football for local players (CHAN-2022 postponed to 2023), this Saturday, at the “Nelson Mandela” stadium in Baraki in the capital (20:30 am).
The march of the national team during its career in the 2022 competition witnessed an escalating pace, leading its first group with a full score, then passing the maximum speed by reaching the final stage of the tournament by crushing the Niger national team with a clean five (5-0), drawing the golden square.
Similar to the triumphant march of the first national team during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, the local national team established itself as the number one candidate to win the continental crown for the locals, for which 17 teams competed for the first time.
And the “Greens” will face in the final of Chan-2022, the Senegal national team, which is supervised by coach Pape Bona Thiaw, as it represents the last obstacle for the cubs of the local national voter, Madjid Bougherra, in order to stud their shirt with the first continental star.
It is certain that the mistake is not allowed for the companions of the top scorer of the seventh edition of the local players championship, Ayman Mahyous (5 goals), in order to raise the challenge at the “Nelson Mandela” stadium and in front of their crowd, who will be the main and permanent supporter of the local national team since the start of the continental wedding in Algerian lands.
The national championship players, who have always been criticized for their fluctuating technical levels, intend to write history in the shirt of the local team, 12 years after their only participation in the “Al-Shan” competition, as that was in the Sudan-2011 tournament, in which Abdel-Momen Jabu’s colleagues occupied Fourth place at that time.
However, the task of the national elements will not be easy against a strong Senegalese team, which recorded its return to the “Chan” championship after 12 years of absence, and is ecstatic with the successes that Senegalese football has experienced in recent years, most notably the continental coronation on the occasion of the 2021 African Nations Cup (postponed to 2022) in Cameroon.
The Senegalese team’s campaign in Chan-2022 includes only one loss (against Uganda 0-1 in the group stage), while its offensive line scored 6 goals, unlike the cubs of national coach Majid Bougherra, who scored an unbeaten campaign, and its details: 5 wins, scoring 9 goals with Not receiving any target.
An expected tactical conflict between Bougherra and Thiaw
Observers are wondering who will win the tactical battle between “Desert Warriors” coach Madjid Bougherra and “Teranga Lions” coach Pape Bona Thea.
Even the Confederation of African Football (CAF) raised this question through its accounts on social media platforms, on the eve of this exciting confrontation.
Algeria and Senegal have never met in an official meeting at the local level, and for this reason, “Nelson Mandela” will be an unprecedented confrontation between two teams aspiring to enter the club crowned with the continental title for the locals.
It is noteworthy that the two teams met in a friendly preparatory match for “the affair”, on December 17, 2022, at the May 19-1956 stadium in Annaba (2-2).
The competition will be fierce between the 22 players over the green rectangle, while it is expected to be fiercer between two coaches who have proven their abilities so far.
The conflict between Bougherra and Thiaw will constitute an interview within an interview. The former captain of the Algerian national team has the advantage of the stadium and the supporters, while Thiaw follows in the footsteps of the first coach of the Senegalese national team, Aliou Cisse, the champion of the African continent with merit and entitlement.
In terms of numbers, the Algerian national team will enter this final in history with a full group, after the return of the main goalkeeper, Alexis Guendouz (Chbab Belouizdad), to the ranks after he exhausted his suspension for being sent off with a red card against Côte d’Ivoire (1-0), in the quarter-final draw.
On the Senegalese side, the attacking midfielder, Lamine Camara (Generation Foot Club), will be present with his colleagues in the final interview, after he was injured in the semi-final match against Madagascar (1-0).
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