Senegal manager Aliou Cisse says they are motivated to avenge their group stage defeat to Algeria when they meet in Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations final (Match betting – Senegal 9/5, draw 19/10, Algeria 19/10).
Youcef Belaili’s (7/2 – Anytime Scorer) strike handed Algeria a 1-0 victory over Senegal when the two countries met in their second group match on June 27.
Ultimately, it didn’t matter too much as both nations progressed to the knockout stages and have subsequently gone on to progress to the final.
Friday’s showpiece in the Cairo International Stadium provides Senegal with the perfect opportunity to exact some revenge.
That defeat seemed to awaken something within the Senegal squad and they head into the final off the back of four successive victories, having kept clean sheets in each game.
Cisse, who experienced the AFCON final as a player, admits they slipped up against the Desert Foxes but feels his men have learned their lesson and will benefit from the experience.
“It was a misstep for us. Algeria are a great team and we respect them. We’re in the final now and determined to win to put it simply,” Cisse said.
“The defeat in the group allowed us to remotivate ourselves and become stronger. A final is a different match. We are very calm and concentrated with great players and a strong collective unit.
“We slipped up in the first game against Algeria and we understood that and drew lessons from it.”
Recent history suggests Algeria will prevail, having enjoyed a five-match unbeaten run against Senegal but Cisse feels they have enough talent to pick up a first win since 2008.
He added: “Here we are with a talented generation. We want more than just to get to the final. We hope to put in a great display tomorrow and win this Cup of Nations.”