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The stars of the Africa Cup 2019: Salah, Mane and Mahrez

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The Africa Phase group stage is over. After the first African tackles the first countries have packed their bags. The major eye-catchers of the tournament, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Riyad Mahrez and Hakim Ziyech have extended their stay in Africa.

The tournament on the African continent is often one of the unknown. Who is that? Where does he play? How old is he? These are questions that often circulate in soccer-loving living rooms. But the Africa Cup also houses the necessary stars, which shine every week in the top European competitions. How are the biggest African stars doing?

The stars of the Africa Cup 2019: Salah

Egypt is the land of the pyramids and pharaohs, of Cleopatra and Tutankhamun, but also the land of Salah. The Egyptian star player is held in his country and has the status of a modern God. The Liverpool star can no longer take to the streets. Even if he wants to pray in peace in his native village at a local mosque. Thousands of fans are standing on his doorstep just to catch a glimpse of him.

The pressure on Salah’s shoulders is enormous. He and only he must lead his country to the eighth title. So far the left leg meets the high expectations. In his home country, where the African Cup is being held this year, he has asserted himself during the group stage. Egypt won three times (Zimbabwe 1-0, Congo-Kinshasa 2-0, Uganda 2-0) and Salah scored twice, against Congo and Uganda.

Egypt’s tactics also seem to be completely focused on Salah. The Premier League top scorer of the past two seasons only needs to focus on the attack. Sometimes to the annoyance of Salah himself. He sauntered back half the time, his head bowed, and he was irritated to swing his arms in the air when he didn’t get the ball. Whether that will also be the case during the eighth final against South Africa remains to be seen.

The stars of the Africa Cup 2019: Mané

Salah’s teammate at Liverpool is the big man at Senegal. He shared the top scorers title last season with his Egyptian friend – and with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – with 22 hits.

Mané sat the first game against Tanzania (2-0 win for Senegal) due to a suspension, but was allowed to make an appearance against another title candidate, Algeria. Mané had a very difficult time. The right-legged left winger could still play the first, second and sometimes the third man, but then he came across another umpteenth Algerian block. The Liverpool player was unable to excel and Senegal lost 0-1.

Although Mané is often looked at and he often has to deal with double coverage, he is not the only player who can do anything with Senegal. Ismaïla Sarr, M’Baye Niang (both Stade Rennes) and Idrissa Gana Gueye also draw some attention. Yet Mané was the celebrated man against Kenya. He missed a penalty, but made the liberating 2-0 after the break. Senegal received another penalty for the final signal. Mané went behind it again and this time he did not fail. It shows self-confidence, but also that the Liverpool player feels responsible. Opponent in the eighth final: Uganda.

While almost an entire nation is putting its hopes on one player, Algeria’s situation is different. Mahrez is indeed the big star player, but the Desert rats are not without end without their leader.

Algeria plays free football and easily combines. Mahrez is one of the eleven on the pitch and not the designated man to do everything. Mahrez, who earns a living at Manchester City, so far only scored once for his country, which won all group matches. Kenya (2-0), Senegal and Tanzania (3-0) all suffered defeat.

The left leg scored the 2-0 against Kenya, had no specific share in the victory over Senegal and got rest (fell in after 74 minutes) against Tanzania. Mahrez plays a strong tournament with Algeria, that of all title candidates the me

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