Senegal and Algeria prepare to square off in Nations Cup final

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Published on July 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:43s
Rivals Senegal and Algeria prepare for showdown in Africa Cup of Nations final
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Senegal and Algeria prepare to square off in Nations Cup final

SHOWS: CAIRO, EGYPT (JULY 18, 2019) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 1.

ALGERIA PLAYER ADLENE GUEDIOURA AT NEWS CONFERENCE 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (French) ALGERIA PLAYER, ADLENE GUEDIOURA, SAYING: "We are aware of what is happening in Algeria.

The people are presenting great things through Hirak.

We are focusing on the final and we have to produce something great tomorrow." 3.

ALGERIA COACH, DJAMEL BELMADI AT NEWS CONFERENCE 4.

(SOUNDBITE) (French) ALGERIA COACH, DJAMEL BELMADI, SAYING: "Of course, we could lose this game because it is against an opponent that reached the final, ranked first in Africa.

[Senegal] went to the World Cup recently while we had no luck in reaching Russia.

We were eliminated in the first round of the African Championship, so all the statistics are in (Senegal's) favour." 5.

SENEGAL COACH ALIOU CISSE AT NEWS CONFERENCE 6.

(SOUNDBITE) (French) SENEGAL COACH, ALIOU CISSE, SAYING: "Seventeen years (since our last final) is a long time.

Many of our players were just children back then.

Many tears and disappointments since then.

But we are back in the final and we do not want to stop here.

This generation has a lot of talent." STORY: Two coaches of the same age who grew up in the same Parisian suburb will clash on the touchline when their sides meet in the Africa Cup of Nations final on Friday (July 19).

Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi and his Senegalese counterpart Aliou Cisse were both raised in Champigny-sur-Marne around 12 kilometres to the south east of central Paris.

Both are 43 years old and were born one day apart in March 1976 -- Belmadi in Champigny itself and Cisse, who moved there when he was nine, in the Senegalese town of Ziguinchor.

Both played for their respective countries at around the same time with Belmadi winning 20 caps for Algeria and Cisse playing for Senegal on the only previous occasion that they reached the AFCON final in 2002.

Algeria are aiming to win AFCON for the second time, having been champions in 1990, and Senegal for the first.

The two countries have a long and bitter football rivalry stretching back to a World Cup qualifier in 1989 when a brawl left the Egypt team doctor blinded in one eye.

(Production: Ahmed Fahmy, Mostafa Salem)

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