Our Guide to the AFCON Final
After a month of compelling viewing, as well as a few surprises along the way, we have reached the AFCON Final. It has all the ingredients to be a classic as Senegal pit their wits against mighty Egypt.
To help guide you through Sunday’s showpiece, we have spent some time weighing up, and picking out some of the key battles, as well as predicting potential storylines. We will also share with you a few tips to keep you glued to the Final.
How to watch AFCON 2022?
The BBC will broadcast 10 games, while Sky Sports will show every match from Cameroon. For those living abroad, coverage will be split across three channels – beIN, Canal+ and SuperSport.
Sadio Mane v Mohamed Salah
The AFCON Final will feature two of the world’s best players, and they are Liverpool’s main lynchpins – Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. Although it has taken a while for Salah to get going, he has stepped up to the mark recently, and he played a more prominent role in the knockout stages. He was on target against Morocco in the quarter-finals before he set up Aston Villa’s Trezeguet for a dramatic late winner in extra time. Salah, as we know, is a slippery customer. His left foot is a wand, and Senegal can’t afford to give him too much time and space by backing off him, or he won’t hesitate to punish them.
Meanwhile, Mane has been a livewire for Senegal as we expected. His blistering pace makes him a handful for all defenders as he has played off the last shoulder. At AFCON, he has been one of the main protagonists for Senegal, contributing three goals in the tournament – one more than Salah. Senegal have been rather fluid while transitioning in attack, and there were some picture-perfect goals scored against Burkina Faso in the semi-finals. Intriguingly, bet365 are offering a tempting 12/1 for Senegal to win after coming from behind.
?? Sadio Mane taking matters into his own hands #TeamSenegal star setting up the Lions of Teranga's second against Burkina Faso is our best assist of the stage ? #TotalEnergiesAFCON2021 | #AFCON2021 | @binance | @BinanceAfrica pic.twitter.com/d4JCW52pwQ— #TotalEnergiesAFCON2021 ? (@CAF_Online) February 4, 2022
Egypt eyeing record-extending title
Egypt have been a dominant force, and they are looking to pen another glorious chapter in their AFCON history. They have lifted the trophy on seven occasions, and between 2006 and 2010, they claimed a hat-trick of titles.
They are well equipped to land a record-extending eighth title, and they are at 3/1 with Paddy Power, which seems almost disingenuous. Ultimately, it depends on how Egypt manage the game, but Liverpool fans will be hoping that Salah comes through unscathed.
Senegal hoping to make amends for 2019
Trips to the AFCON Final haven’t been often as they would have hoped, but Senegal will be hoping to make amends. In 2019, they came up short when they lost 1-0 to Algeria.
Perhaps this could be the year, and if you are looking for a bit of a left-field special, you can get 20/1 with bet365 for Senegal to miss a penalty. Anyway, this is their big chance, and unlike Egypt, who have managed to get to the Final via a few penalty shoot-outs, Senegal have gone about their work in a business-like manner. They will now be hoping to finish off the job.
AFCON Final kick-off
We can’t wait until the AFCON Final, and here are the details, including kick-off time, as well as the latest match odds that have been supplied by bet365. The time is stated in GMT:
Senegal (11/10) v Egypt (10/3) Sunday, February 6 – 7 pm