2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying – Egypt vs Kenya Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Egypt vs Kenya kick off? Thursday 14th November, 2019 – 16:00 (UK)

Where is Egypt vs Kenya being played? Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria

What TV channel is Egypt vs Kenya on? Egypt vs Kenya will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Egypt vs Kenya? Egypt vs Kenya will not be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for Egypt vs Kenya? Tickets can be purchased at the stadium on the day of the match

THE TEAM NEWS

EGYPT

  • Egypt play host to Kenya in their first competitive match since exiting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil in the last 16 where they suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat against South Africa.
  • Since that tournament, Hossam El Badry has been brought in as the head coach, replacing Javier Aguirre who was sacked from his position in July. El Badry has overseen two 1-0 friendly victories against Botswana and Liberia in his first two games in charge.
  • A blow for Egypt is that they will have to do without their talismanic forward Mohamed Salah who has been struggling with an ankle injury and after undergoing a scan it has been decided he won’t be involved. Also, midfielder Hamdy Fathi, who scored the winning goal in each of their last two friendly matches, has picked up a bad knee injury that will see him out for some time.

KENYA

  • Kenya face a tough opening to their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a trip to Egypt as they aim to qualify for back-to-back AFCON final tournaments for the first time since the early 1990s.
  • They exited the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final tournament at the group stage with a win against Tanzania sandwiched by defeats against Algeria and Senegal – who both went on to contest the final itself.
  • Many of the home-based players took part in a training camp last week, whilst the overseas players such as the likes of captain Victor Wanyama and striker Michael Olunga joined up with the team in Egypt.

THE PREDICTION

Egypt will look to put the disappointment of their underwhelming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament behind them as they strive to make a strong start to the qualification campaign for the 2021 AFCON with a win against Kenya. If they are to overcome Kenya, they will have to do so without star player Mohamed Salah who is undoubtedly a huge loss for them. Kenya are capable of frustrating the hosts for long periods but may lack the cutting edge when chances arise and it may just take one goal for Egypt to settle the match.

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