The “Pharaohs” evoke history to face Ivory Coast.. an early final in the African Nations

After a 14-year absence from the last confrontation between them in the African Nations Cup, Egypt will return to clash with the Ivory Coast in the continental competition currently being held in Cameroon, in the top of the final price matches tonight.

The meeting is considered an early final in the tournament, especially as it brings together two teams, with a total of 9 titles won in the African Nations, with 7 titles for the Egyptian team, which tops the list of the most winning teams in the competition, and two titles for the “Elephants” team, which held the continental cup in 2012. 1992 and 2015.

The “Pharaohs” team qualified for the playoffs after it finished second in the standings of Group D in the first round with 6 points, losing 1-0 to Nigeria in the first round, while winning the same result over Guinea-Bissau and Sudan in the second and third rounds, respectively.

On the other hand, Ivory Coast reached the final price after topping Group E with 5 points, despite its fluctuating performance during its three meetings, as it began its campaign with a difficult 1-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea in the first round, while drawing 2-2 with Sierra Leone in the second round. The match witnessed a catastrophic lapse from goalkeeper Ali Badara Sangari, which caused his own goal to equalize in the last moments.

The Ivory Coast team showed its true face during its 3-1 victory over Algeria (the title holder) at the end of its group stage matches, to be on another date with one of the Arab teams participating in the tournament.

Despite the early clash with the Ivory Coast, the Egyptian fans have a lot of hope in winning it, given the overwhelming superiority of the Egyptian team in the direct confrontations of the two teams in the competition.

During 10 previous matches that took place between the two teams in the African nations, the Egyptian team excelled in 9 confrontations, the last of which was a 4-1 landslide victory in the semi-finals of the 2008 edition in Ghana, compared to a single victory for the Ivory Coast team that came in the 1990 edition in Algeria, when the Egyptians participated in the second row. In the tournament, after the late Mahmoud El-Gohary, the coach of the first team at the time, refused, his team played in the competition so as not to affect its preparations to participate in the World Cup in Italy in the same year.

The Ivory Coast team was a “good omen” over the Egyptian team in their meetings with the nations of Africa, after it was a “passport” for the “Sons of the Nile” team to win 4 titles in the tournament.

In 1986, the Egyptians achieved their first victories in that edition over the elephants in the group stage, to pave the way to winning their third title in the continental championship at the time.

In the 1998 edition in Burkina Faso, the Egyptian team crossed its Ivory Coast with penalty kicks in the quarter-finals, to continue the march in the competition that was crowned for the fourth time at that time, before the matter was repeated in the 2006 edition in Egypt, where the Pharaohs regained the title after an absence of 8 years, by winning kicks. The weighting is also on the Ivory Coast in the final, so that the Egyptian superiority continues in their meeting in the 2008 edition, where the Ivory Coast was the gateway for the Egyptians to pass to the final and then win the cup.

In total, the two teams met in 21 matches at the official and friendly levels, with Egypt overwhelmingly winning 12 victories, compared to 6 victories for Ivory Coast, while the tie ended in 3 matches.

Despite this Egyptian superiority, the last confrontation between the two teams ended with the largest victory for Ivory Coast in the record of the two teams’ meetings, as it won 4-2 in a friendly in January 2013.

While the Egyptian fans place great hopes on Mohamed Salah, the star of the Liverpool team, who currently leads the top scorer in the English Premier League, the Ivory Coast national team has a battalion of professional stars in various centers and in many prestigious European clubs.

Ajax Amsterdam star Sebastian Heller – who is currently the top scorer in the Champions League this season – is at the head of the Ivorian battalion in the tournament, which also includes Milan midfielder Frank Kessie, Nicolas Pepe and Louis Zaha, Arsenal and Crystal Palace players, respectively, which reflects the difficulty The confrontation for the Egyptian national team.

What enhances the difficulty of the confrontation for the Egyptian team is the great desire of the Ivory Coast players to win the title of this edition of the tournament, in order to compensate for the team’s failure to qualify for the final stage of the African qualifiers for the World Cup in Qatar this year.

Perhaps the confrontation with the Ivory Coast will be an opportunity for the Portuguese coach, Carlos Queiroz, to restore the confidence of the Egyptian fans, who have often criticized his management.

It is noteworthy that the winner of this confrontation will meet Morocco, the winner of yesterday’s match against Malawi 2-1.

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