Baghdad Bounedjah’s deflected strike in the second minute defined the outcome of the final giving Algeria aka the Fennecs or desert foxes their second continental title since achieving the same feat in 1990.
The match played at Cairo International Stadium and monitored in Blantyre via SABC 3 proved to be a cracker.
The Algerians as expected of most north African teams played their fast paced football and soon found the back of the net barely two minutes in the game.
Senegal, ‘The Lions of Teranga’ maybe didn’t roar enough to scare the Algerians and grab an equalizer because as the referee blew the final whistle the scoreboard still screamed 1-0 in favour of their opponents.
Sports commentators still tipped Algeria to clinch the cup because from the start of the 2019 continental football showpiece in Egypt, they played as a unit scoring a total of 12 goals, 9 of them coming in the first half.
Baghdad Bounedjah enroute to score the goal AFP
The individual brilliance of the Senegalese players gave their team dominance in the game as they enjoyed 62% ball possession but couldn’t translate that into goals.
On three occasions Senegal came close to level the score line but Rais M'bolhi, Algeria’s keeper, saved the situation by parrying one of the shots on target over the bar.
Almost at the hour mark, Senegal was awarded a penalty but the decision was overturned by Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
When all was done and dusted, Algeria undeniably deserved to lift the cup for their tactical approach and good defending of the lone goal. So it's Algeria on cloud nine!