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Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda have to deal with triumphant Liverpool men Mane, Salah in just matter of days

2019 AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS:

(Egypt, 21 June – 19 July)

Kenya Group ‘C’ matches:

23 June 2019, 22.00: Algeria v Kenya, match No. 6 –  30 June Stadium, Cairo

27 June 2019, 22,00: Kenya v Tanzania, match No. 18 – 30 June Stadium, Cairo

01 July 2019, 21.00: Kenya v Senegal, match No. 20 – 30 June Stadium, Cairo

Tanzania Group ‘C’ matches:

23 June 2019, 19.00: Senegal v Tanzania, match No. 5 – 30 June Stadium, Cairo

27 June 2019, 22,00: Kenya v Tanzania, match No. 18 – 30 June Stadium, Cairo

01 July 2019, 21.00: Tanzania v Algeria, match No. 30 –  Al Salam Stadium, Cairo

Uganda Group ‘A’ matches:

22 June 2019, 16.30: DR Congo v Uganda, match No. 2 – Cairo International Stadium

26 June 2019, 19.00: Uganda v Zimbabwe, match No. 14 – Cairo International Stadium

30 June 2019, 21.00: Uganda v Egypt, match No. 25 – Cairo International Stadium

Burundi Group ‘B’ matches:

22 June 2019, 19.00: Nigeria v Burundi, match No. 3 – Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria

27 June 2019, 16.30: Madagascar v Burundi, match No. 16 – Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria

30 June 2019, 18.00: Burundi v Guinea, match No. 28 – Al Salam Stadium, Cairo

WATCHING Liverpool defeat Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s Final of the European Champions League was in expectancy of what the event held for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

There was, for instance, the artistry and absolute business-minded focus of Liverpool’s Sadio Mane whom Kenyans must grapple with when they meet Senegal at the AFCON in just 20 days’ time. Mohammed Salah, who gave Liverpool the opening lead against Spurs from the penalty spot will be lining up for Egypt in the African championship’s opening match on June 21 at Cairo International Stadium against Zimbabwe.

Top: Mohammed Salah turns in celebration after scoring on penalty, the opening goal of Liverpool’s 2-0 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur in the European Champions League Final last Saturday in Madrid. Above: The triumphant Liverpool players lift the Cup. Below: Liverpool line-up at end of victorious day

Top: Mohammed Salah turns in celebration after scoring on penalty, the opening goal of Liverpool’s 2-0 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur in the European Champions League Final last Saturday in Madrid. Above: The triumphant Liverpool players lift the Cup. Below: Liverpool line-up at end of victorious day

Euro championships continue to capture the attention of Africans because it is also their business. Divock Origi who scored Liverpool’s second in the 2-0 win over Spurs carries the passport of Belgium for whom he campaigned for in the last Fifa World Cup. But just like Kenyans had the eyes on Liverpool because of Origi’s presence in the Final in Madrid, he too will surely be paying attention to the AFCON where the country of his father’s birth, Kenya, will be taking part.

Kenya, under coach Jacob “Ghost” Mulee last took part in the AFCON finals in in 2004 in Tunisia. The Harambee Stars’ side then included Michael Okoth Origi, Divock’s father. At the twilight of his long career as Kenyan striker, Michael Okoth, 36, then, was at (Belgian club) Heusden-Zolder , after colourful  stints at the more prestigious  Molenbeek, Genk, KRC Harelbeke and KV Oostende.

Divock Origi after scoring Liverpool's second goal against Spurs in the 87th minute

Divock Origi after scoring Liverpool’s second goal against Spurs in the 87th minute

Liverpool came off with the full bragging rights in a final that failed to spark, the hint very strong that it was merely a boring, regular EPL (English Premier League) fixture. It also doused the expected fireworks; that Divock, Salah and Mane would go toe-to-toe with Kenya captain Victor Wanyama of Tottenham who in fact did not leave the reserves bench throughout the match.

If Wanyama leads out Harambee Stars against Senegal in Kenya’s last Group ‘C’ match on July 1 at 30 June Stadium in Cairo, the clash with Sadio Mane will at last make up for that miss in Madrid last Saturday.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp

Meanwhile because of Mane and Salah, Liverpool’s glory will be lived by many Africans during the AFCON as long as the two stars stay in the competition. The richness of Liverpool’s history will be a welcome attraction to AFCON followers.

After their victory over Spurs, Liverpool’s sixth championship of Europe made them the third most successful club. The roster has Real Madrid (13), AC Milan (7), Liverpool (6), Bayern Munich (5), Barcelona (5), Ajax (4), Internazionale (3), Manchester United (3), Juventus (2), Benfica (2), Nottingham Forest (2), Porto (2), Celtic (1), Hamburg (1), Steaua Bucharest (1), Borussia Dortmund (1), Chelsea (1), Feyenoord (1), Aston Villa (1), PSV Eindhoven (1), Red Star Belgrade (1)

For Cecafa (Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations) region countries, the task of confronting the great Mo Salah of Liverpool falls on Uganda who are grouped (in pool ‘A’) with Egypt. Their first encounter is in the last match in the pool, on June 30 at the Cairo International Stadium.

Relishing the Liverpool moment greatness ... Mohammed Salah who will lead hosts Egypt in 2019 AFCON

Relishing the Liverpool moment greatness … Mohammed Salah who will lead hosts Egypt in 2019 AFCON

27-man Kenya squad for 2019 AFCON:

 

  Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
GK Patrick Matasi 11 December 1987 (aged 31) 19 Saint George
 
GK John Oyemba 3 June 1993 (aged 26) 0 Kariobangi Sharks
GK Farouk Shikalo 10 December 1996 (aged 22) 0 Bandari

 

DF David Owino 5 April 1988 (aged 31) 52 ZESCO United
DF Musa Mohammed 6 June 1991 (aged 28) 35 Nkana
DF Aboud Omar 9 September 1992 (aged 26) 33 Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe
DF Brian Onyango 24 July 1994 (aged 24) 29 Maritzburg United
DF Eric Ouma 27 September 1996 (aged 22) 18 Vasalunds
DF Philemon Otieno 18 October 1992 (aged 26) 6 Gor Mahia
DF Joash Onyango 31 January 1993 (aged 26) 5 Gor Mahia
DF Bernard Ochieng’ 25 January 1996 (aged 23) 2 Vihiga United
DF Joseph Okumu 26 May 1997 (aged 22) 1 Real Monarchs
MF Victor Wanyama 25 June 1991 (aged 27) 53 Tottenham Hotspur
MF Teddy Akumu 20 October 1992 (aged 26) 38 ZESCO United
MF Clifton Miheso 5 February 1993 (aged 26) 35 Olímpico do Montijo
MF Francis Kahata 4 July 1992 (aged 26) 32 Gor Mahia
MF Paul Were 8 October 1993 (aged 25) 32 Trikala
MF Dennis Odhiambo 18 March 1985 (aged 34) 27 Sofapaka
MF Eric Johana Omondi 18 August 1994 (aged 24) 23 IF Brommapojkarna
MF Johanna Omolo 31 July 1989 (aged 29) 21 Cercle Brugge
MF Ayub Masika 10 September 1992 (aged 26) 16 Beijing Renhe
MF Ovella Ochieng’ 23 December 1999 (aged 19) 15 Vasalunds
MF Ismael Athuman 1 February 1995 (aged 24) 9 Las Palmas Atlético
FW Michael Olunga 26 March 1994 (aged 25) 31 Kashiwa Reysol
FW Masoud Juma 3 February 1996 (aged 23) 6 Al-Nasr
FW Chris Mbamba 30 April 1992 (aged 27) 0 IK Oddevold
FW John Avire 12 March 1997 (aged 22) 0 Sofapaka

Coach: Sebastien Migne (France)

2019 European Champions League Final:

Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Liverpool

Scorers: Mo Salah (2’penalty), Divock Origi (87’)

TEAMS:

TOTENHAM HOTSPUR

  • 1 Lloris
  • 2 Trippier
  • 4 Alderweireld
  • 5 Vertonghen
  • 3 Rose
  • 17 Sissoko
  • 8 Winks
  • 20 Alli
  • 23 Eriksen
  • 7 Son
  • 10 Kane

Substitutes

  • 13 Vorm
  • 6 Sanchez
  • 11 Lamela
  • 12 Wanyama
  • 15 Dier (s 74′)
  • 16 Walker-Peters
  • 18 Llorente (s 82′)
  • 21 Foyth
  • 24 Aurier
  • 27 Lucas Moura (s 65′)
  • 33 Davies
  • 22 Gazzaniga

Manager: Mauricio Roberto Pochettino Trossero (Argentina)

LIVERPOOL:

  • 13 Alisson
  • 66 Alexander-Arnold
  • 32 Matip
  • 4 van Dijk
  • 26 Robertson
  • 14 Henderson
  • 3 Fabinho
  • 5 Wijnaldum
  • 11 Mohammed Salah
  • 9 Firmino
  • 10 Sadio Mane

Substitutes

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 6 Lovren
  • 7 Milner (s 62′)
  • 12 Gomez (s 90′)
  • 15 Sturridge
  • 18 Moreno
  • 20 Lallana
  • 21 Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 23 Shaqiri
  • 24 Brewster
  • 27 Divock Origi (s 58′)
  • 62 Kelleher

Manager: Jurgen Klopp (Germany)

-Additional reporting by Correspondents and Agencies

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