In July 2019, Senegalese writer Bamba Kasse saw his country’s football fans discouraged, baffled and frustrated at the Cairo International Stadium as their public group, Lions of Teranga, lost to Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) last.
“Everybody was frustrated,” Kasse told Al Jazeera. “It was anything but a decent game for Senegal since Algeria scored in the initial five minutes, chose to close the game, and Senegal never came back.”Two years on since Baghdad Bounedjah redirected that shot and sentenced Senegal to a second AFCON last misfortune – the first being in 2002 against Cameroon – the West Africans get one more opportunity as they face seven-time champions Egypt in the last on Sunday.
“It will be an extremely intense game. Egypt with Mo Salah and Senegal with Sadio Mane… it will not be simple,” Kasse said.
“Egypt will be the top picks due to their experience of winning seven AFCON finals, yet we Senegalese need to win.”
Ousmane Thioye, a Senegalese retailer in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde, accepts Mane will be relentless in the final.”Inshallah !” he shouted. “Senegal will place a star in the peak of their pullover, and it will be Mane who will lead us. I have followed this opposition, I have not seen any player that will stop him in what he needs to do.”
Found out if he is careful about Salah, Thioye proudly said: “We have a clergyman of safeguard called Kalidou Koulibaly [the Napoli defender]. He is in every case great in the guard, we are assured.”Thioye is essential for a gathering of 23 Senegalese nationals called “12eme Gainde” in Yaounde, pulling for their country during the competition.
“On Sunday, I will be in the arena with my companions to push Senegal to triumph,” he said.
For Egypt, only a couple of allies displayed at the Olembe Stadium on Thursday when the Pharaohs killed has Cameroon in the elimination round.
A sizeable number of fans had allegedly arrived in Yaounde upon the arrival of the match yet couldn’t come to the arena.
Nadine and Mohamed were among the modest bunch of Pharaohs allies at Olembe Stadium, where the majority of those in participation were supporting the home side.
“Against Senegal? It is 2-0 on Sunday,” Nadine said unquestionably. “We trust crafted by Mohamed Salah. He will follow through on Sunday.”
Egypt’s hang tight for an eighth crown – the first beginning around 2010 when they beat Ghana 1-0 in the last – is at the forefront of Mohamed’s thoughts.
“I’m exceptionally cheerful we have arrived at the last,” Mohamed said. “We have sat tight for since a long time ago 2010 and I realize we will have star number eight on Sunday.”
For has Cameroon, there has been outright peaceful in the capital since the elimination round rout.
“We kicked the bucket with our weapons in our grasp,” said Stephane Pico in the Olembe area. “We had the chance of dominating that match in the primary half since we had the amazing chance to score however we didn’t.”
Pico said he is supporting Senegal on Sunday since he doesn’t need Egypt to win an eighth AFCON title.
“Assuming that Egypt wins on Sunday, they will have eight AFCONs which will make it hard for Cameroon [with five] to close the hole.”
Yet, Alain Yakani, an Indomitable Lions ally, said Cameroon didn’t need to win since it was the host country and that notwithstanding their nonappearance he will be at the arena for the last.