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Africa Cup of Nations 2019 Senegal Star Sadio Mane out to Press Ballon D'Or Case

Africa Cup of Nations 2019 Senegal Star Sadio Mane out to Press Ballon D'Or Case

One of Algeria's Africa Cup of Nations heroes has risen like a phoenix from the ashes after he was banned from football for two years following a positive cocaine test, and is now one of the superstars at this year's tournament.

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Subscribe to Squawka's Youtube channel here. El Khadra have outscored every team in the tournament so far, notching an impressive 12 goals - four clear of Nigeria and Senegal.

The Egyptian looked leggy in the group stages and struggled to influence games despite scoring twice prior to their shock Round of 16 exit, while Mane has scored three goals but was largely anonymous as the Senegalese reached their first final since 2002 on Sunday.

On Tuesday, as Riyad Mahrez and his teammates trained, around a hundred faithful sang a rendition of track "La Liberte" by Algerian rapper Soolking, which has also been heard on the streets on a weekly basis during the protests.

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Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi and Senegal's Aliou Cisse are competing for the holy grail of African football, and one of them will join the prestigious list of African coaches to have led sides to continental glory.

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"I think it's the match of a lifetime for a lot of players in the team and for Algeria", said Guedioura, who at 33 is the oldest member of the squad.

Another concern for Senegal is that the only team to have scored against them in the tournament are fellow finalists Algeria, who ran out 1-0 winners when the teams met in their Group C clash on June 27.

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Riyad Karim Mahrez of Algeria celebrating his goal to 2-1 during the 2019 African Cup of Nations match between Algeria and Nigeria at the Cairo International Stadium in Cairo, Egypt on July 14,2019.

He noted that it is a historic moment for the first time two black coaches are meeting at a final.

This is arguably the best side Senegal have ever assembled so confidence will be high regardless, and records are there to be broken. "I've known Cisse for a very long time".

While Salah and Mane may have lit up both English and European football this season, they have shone in fits and bursts in Egypt.

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