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Warriors Coach Chidzambga Says Egypt Are Favourites To Win AFCON

Zimbabwe Warriors head coach Sunday Chidzambga has talked about Egypt ahead of their clash in the opening game of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The Warriors are set to face hosts Egypt on Friday in Group A’s first match. This group also includes DR Congo and Uganda.

Speaking ahead of their clash in a press conference, Chidzambga said that Egypt are the favourites to win the 2019 AFCON having won the cup seven times in total and this experience will help them win this year’s tournament.

The 67-year-old also acknowledges how the Pharaohs being the hosts of the 2019 AFCON gives them an advantage over other teams.

“We know how strong Egypt are especially when they play at home and the fans on their side supporting them throughout the competition,” said Chidzambga.

Marvelous Nakamna is expected to shine for the Zimbabwe Warriors.

Chidzambga also went on to praise his side for their hard work to qualify for the 2019 AFCON, saying: “Zimbabwe  was among 24 other teams fighting for AFCON qualification.

“Now that we are in the AFCON group stages, we will work hard to get the best possible results in all our games,” he concluded. 

When is Egypt vs Zimbabwe taking place? Friday 21st June, 2019 at 22:00 (Zimbabwe Time)

Where is Egypt vs Zimbabwe taking place? Cairo International Stadium, Cairo

Where can I stream Egypt vs ZimbabweSubscribers can stream the match via Eurosport Player

Where can I get tickets for Egypt vs Zimbabwehttps://www.footballticketnet.com/2019-africa-cup-of-nations

THE TEAM NEWS

EGYPT

Hosts Egypt are the pre-tournament favourites and are seeking a record-extending eighth Africa Cup of Nations title. They are expected to get their campaign off to a winning start against Group A outsiders Zimbabwe, with DR Congo and Uganda the two other teams who Egypt will face in the group stage.

Much of their hopes rest on the form of Liverpool’s Champions League winner Mohamed Salah. After a long season he was given time extra time to go off on holiday before joining up with the squad just over a week before the start of the tournament.

Egypt dangerman Mohamed Salah

Egypt won both of their warm-up matches ahead of the competition, a 1-0 victory against Tanzania was followed by a 3-1 win against Guinea last Sunday when Salah came off the bench in the second half and weighed in with two assists.

ZIMBABWE

Zimbabwe have yet to progress beyond the group stage at the Africa Cup of Nations in three previous attempts. In 2017 they finished at the bottom of their group but gave some very spirited showings against Senegal, Tunisia and Algeria.

They qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations courtesy of winning Group G, and in doing so they picked up four points against DR Congo, who they will also face in their final group fixture at the finals.

Marvelous Nakamba

Key players for Zimbabwe are expected to be striker Knowledge Musona and talented midfielder Marvelous Nakamba who has featured in the UEFA Champions League for Club Brugge.

THE PREDICTION

There will be plenty of expectation on host nation Egypt as they start the tournament with a match against Zimbabwe who are the outsiders of Group A.

The form and sharpness of Mohamed Salah is going to be pivotal to Egypt’s chances of going all the way and he showed his importance to the team by coming off the bench to set up two goals in their friendly win against Guinea.

It is unlikely that the Liverpool star will play the full match but his presence alone will give the team a big boost.

Zimbabwe have some decent players and might have a chance of snatching third place in the group but they are unlikely to defeat Egypt in the opening match of the tournament.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Ahmed El-Shennawy (Pyramids FC), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Gennesh (Zamalek).

Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Baher El-Mohamady (Ismaily), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh (Zamalek), Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Omar Gaber (Pyramids FC), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly).

Midfielders: Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Ali Ghazal (C.D. Feirense), Nabil Emad Dunga, Abdallah El-Said (Pyramids FC), Walid Soliman (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos).

Strikers: Ahmed Ali (Arab Contractors), Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Olympiacos).

Zimbabwe final squad:

Goalkeepers: George Chigova (Polokwane City), Elvis Chipezeze (Baroka) and Edmore Sibanda (Witbank Spurs)More on ZOOMZimbabwe…  Premier League clubs battle for Zimbabwean ace Macauley Bonne

Defenders: Teenage Hadebe (Kaizer Chiefs), Divine Lunga (Golden Arrows), Ronald Pfumbidzai (Bloemfontein Celtic), Tendai Darikwa (Nottingham Forest), Jimmy Dzingai (Power Dynamos) and Alec Mudimu (CEFN Druids)

Midfielders: Talent Chawapihwa (Amazulu), Danny Phiri (Golden Arrows), Marshall Munetsi (Orlando Pirates), Marvelous Nakamba (Club Brugge), Ovidy Karuru (Amazulu), Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs), Kudakwashe Mahachi (Orlando Pirates) and Thabani Kamusoko (Young Africans)

StrikersKnowledge Musona (Anderlecht), Nyasha Mushekwi (Dalian Yifang), Tinotenda Kadewere (Le Havre), Knox Mutizwa (Golden Arrows) and Evans Rusike (SuperSport United). — The Stats Zone 

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