All eyes are on Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez as the two African stars reignite their English rivalry at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final in Egypt.
The Liverpool star and Manchester City ace meet when Senegal face Algeria on Friday, July 19, at Cairo International stadium.
The two Premier League heavyweights' took the battle for the League title last season to the bittersweet end.
They duo are back at it when the Lions of Teranga rematch the Desert foxes as the month-long football bonanza finally concludes, with just two teams remaining of the 24 that started.
Here is a look at their stats ahead of their encounter tonight at 10pm East African Time (EAT);
AFCON 2019 stats
Goals 3, Assists 0
Scoring frequency 154 min, Goals per game 0.5, Shots per game 1.3, Big chances missed 1.
Goals 3, Assists 1
Scoring frequency 160 min, Goals per game 0.6, Shots per game 2.0, Big chances missed 5.
(Courtesy of Sofascore)
Sadio Mane — 60 caps and 18 goals
Riyad Mahrez — 52 caps and 13 goals
The Senegalese and Algerian forward are evenly placed in terms of goals on the international scene, with Mane five goals ahead but having played 8 more games than the Man City winger.
Premier League stats
Sadio Mane —159 appearances scored 66 goals and 22 assists.
Riyad Mahrez — 166 appearances scored 46 goals and 31 assists.
(Courtesy of FIFA)
Mane has the upperhand when it comes to goals scored but Mahrez compensates for his lower tally with a higher number of assists, showing his equally as good a provider as finisher.
Big titles won
- UEFA Champions League 2018/19
- Austrian Bundesliga 2013/14
- Austrian Cup 2013/14
- 2 Premier League titles in 2015/16 and 2018/19
- English FA Cup 2018/19
- English League Cup 2018/19
It will be the second time these two African giants lock horns having spawned from Group C alongside Kenya and Tanzania.
The previous group encounter saw Djamel Belmadi's side pip Alious Cisse's men 1-0, after Youcef Belaïli's strike proved the difference when they locked horns at 30 June Stadium on June 27.
This was the 10th meeting between the two sides, with the teams' last encounter ending in a four-goal thriller after playing out a 2-2 draw during the 2017 AFCON in Gabon.
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Source: Yen Newspaper