Algeria is the best football team on the African continent, after winning the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) hosted in Egypt. The Desert Foxes defeated Morocco at the top of the rankings, ahead of Nigeria, Tunisia, Senegal, and Madagascar.
Algeria won the top prize in African football for the second time in their history. They were skillful, calm, powerful, and highly technical on the pitch. During the 2019 AFCON, Djamel Belmadi’s side turned from being outsiders to the competition’s favourites.
A perfectly negotiated first round found them win their three matches. The Desert Foxes went on to achieve a 2-1 win over Nigeria in the semi-final thanks to a late, yet fascinating goal from Mahrez, before defeating Senegal (1-0) in the final.
The team continues to perform outstanding, defeating Colombia (3-0) in a friendly manner. In the qualifying matches for the 2021 AFCON, Algeria got two wins in their group.
Senegal’s Moussa Wague was in a duel with Algeria’s Mohamed Belaili in the group stage of the AFCON 2019 in Cairo.
Senegal’s great misfortune was due to Algeria. They were defeated by Algeria (1-0) in both the first and final round of the 2019 AFCON in Cairo. They won a total of five matches in the competition. The Lions did everything right but unable to win their first AFCON.
In their qualifying round for the AFCON in 2021, the Lions defeated Congo (2-0) and Eswatini (4-1). In friendly matches, they got their prestigious wins over Nigeria (1-0) and managed a draw against Brazil (1-1).
On paper, Aliou Cisse’s squad seems to be the best in Africa. His managers, Mane (27 years old) and Koulibaly (28 years old) are young and enthusiastic. They’ll be looking into the future with a great deal of hope and hunger.