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Kenya's opening AFCON 2019 clash will be a tough one against Riyad Mahrez and Algeria, but we can see them taking this one to the wire. 



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  • This will be Algeria's 18th appearance at the AFCON. Their solitary title was achieved in 1990, on home soil. They have not reached the final since then.
  • Algeria reached the semifinals of AFCON 2010 but was dumped out at the group stages in 2017 in Gabon.
  • Algeria has kept only one clean sheet in their last 13 AFCON games, in a 2-0 win over Senegal in January 2015.
  • Kenya is making its sixth AFCON appearance, but its first since 2004.
  • The Harambee Stars have never reached the knock-out stages of the tournament, winning only one of their 14 games - a 3-0 victory against Burkina Faso.                                   

Match preview 🏆 

The Desert Foxes come into the tournament in great form with two wins and a draw in their last three games. Riyad Mahrez, Sofiane Feghouli and Yacine Brahimi are well capable of causing problems for any defence at the tournament but they'll have to be at their best to break Kenya down. The Harambee Stars have only conceded twice in their last seven games.

This is only Kenya's second appearance at Africa's showpiece tournament, but we expect them to push Algeria all the way in a low-scoring encounter here.



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Algeria's talisman Riyad Mahrez heads into the tournament on the back of helping Man City win a domestic treble, Mahrez will be looking to lead by example. He has been directly involved in five of Algeria's last eight AFCON goals, scoring three times and setting up another two.

Having scored six goals in 11 league games for Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol, Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga heads into the tournament in good form, and will likely lead Kenya's line after some impressive displays during their qualification campaign.                                      

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