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Afcon 2019: Tanzania v Algeria: Samatta, Mahrez and other players to watch

16:59 GMT+3 30/06/2019
Mbwana Samatta - Tanzania
Tanzania will take on Algeria in their final Afcon Group C game on Monday. Goal looks at the players who could have an impact in the crucial game

  • Riyad Mahrez - Algeria

    #1 Riyad Mahrez

    The Desert Foxes captain and Manchester City winger has not failed to live up to expectations in the tournament. The 28-year-old was on the scoresheet to help his side to a 2-0 victory in their opening game against Kenya. The forward was also a constant threat in their win over Senegal and will be key to Algeria’s quest to claim the three points against the Taifa Stars.

  • Tanzania's Mbwana Samatta (L) fights for the ball with Kenya's Eric Ouma

    #2 Mbwana Samatta

    After failing to make his presence felt in their opening defeat to Senegal, the Taifa Stars captain gave his side the lead against Kenya before the Harambee Stars clawed back to snatch the victory.

    Although they are out for the competition, the Genk forward will be expected to play a significant role for Emmanuel Amuneke’s men as they aim to claim their first ever win in the continental tournament.

  • Kenya's Ayub Timbe (L) and Tanzania’s Erasto Nyoni

    #3 Erasto Nyoni

    The 31-year-old combative midfielder delivered an outstanding performance in his side’s defeat to Kenya. The Simba player made the most successful passes in the encounter and won 100% of his tackles. He will be a key figure for the Taifa Stars as they aim to upset their opponents in Cairo.

  • Baghdad Bounedjah Algeria Kenya AFCON 2019 23062019

    #4 Baghdad Bounedjah

    The striker has proven to be a consistent goal-scorer for the Desert Foxes, having scored in all but one of his last seven games. His impressive performances at club level is also mind-boggling. Last season, he netted 39 goals in only 22 league matches for Qatari side Al Sadd.

    Although he failed to find the back of the net in Algeria’s win over Senegal, he will be expected to play a leading role for them on Monday.

  • Simon Msuva - Tanzania

    #5 Simon Msuwa

    The 25-year-old, who partnered captain Samatta in attack against the Harambee Stars last time, out had a good display in the match, scoring the opening goal with only six minutes into the encounter. Amuneke’s men will be relying on the Difaa El Jadida forward for the goals as they hope to bow out of the tournament on a high.

  • Youcef Belaili Algeria 06272019

    #6 Youcef Belaili

    The 27-year-old was the match-winner against Senegal, helping the Desert Foxes to seal their qualification to the knockout stage of the tournament. The striker, who won the 2019 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 with Esperance Sportive de Tunis, will again be expected to lead Algeria past the Taifa Stars as Djamel Belmadi’s men hope to finish their group games unscathed.