Senegal - Egypt: AFCON final, times, TV and how to watch online
The Olembe stadium in Yaounde is the setting for the 2021 AFCON final as Senegal face The Pharaohs of Egypt. The action gets underway at 2 pm (ET).
One of world football’s most exciting attacking duos will face-off against each other in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations final as Mohamed Salah leads Egypt against a Senegal side spearheaded by Sadio Mane.
The Liverpool pair, a combined force at club level, will be taking on talismanic roles at opposite ends for their respective countries as Egypt seek to extend their record number of Cup of Nations triumphs to eight while Senegal look to win it for the first time.
Salah has made no secret of his burning desire to win a major trophy with Egypt, which has so far evaded him, while Mane beamed with joy and giggled with delight at the post-match press conference after his team won their semi-final on Wednesday.
Senegal, who are Africa’s top ranked team, were among the favourites and overcame a languid start to reach the final for the third time.
They scored only one goal during the opening round but still finished top of their group and have looked efficient in overcoming their opponents in the knockout stage.
No Queiroz for Pharaohs
Egypt will play Sunday’s final without coach Carlos Queiroz on the bench after he was sent off for persistent touchline bickering in Thursday’s semi-final. His assistant Roger de Sa was already forced to sit in the stands after a four-match ban for fighting in the tunnel after the quarter-final victory over Morocco.
It has since been confirmed that he will be staying in the job for the World Cup qualifying playoffs next month (once again facing the Teranga Lions) when he has a chance to ensure a return to a fourth successive World Cup
Cisse eyes Yaounde glory
Senegal coach Aliou Cisse will be looking to put two disappointing Africa Cup of Nations finals behind him and win at the third attempt when he leads his team in Sunday’s final against Egypt in Yaounde.
The 45-year-old captained Senegal in the 2002 final but squandered the vital kick in the penalty shootout as they lost to Cameroon, months before going on to reach the World Cup quarter-finals in Japan and South Korea.
Cisse was back in 2019, this time as coach, as his side lost 1-0 to Algeria in the final in Cairo.
Those were the only previous times Senegal have reached the deciding match, despite a first appearance at the Cup of Nations finals in 1965.
Cisse is among the longest-serving national team coaches in African football, having taken over in 2015, and he has led to the Cup of Nations and the last World Cup in Russia.
What time does Senegal-Egypt kick off?
The AFCON final between Senegal and Egypt will kick off at the Olembe Stadium in Yaoundé on Sunday 6 February, 2022, at 14:00 US (ET) and 11:00 US (PT). That’s 20:00 CET and 19:00 UK time.
Where can I watch Senegal-Egypt in the US and UK?
In the US and UK, the following television channels and online services will be broadcasting the AFCON final:
Senegal-Egypt: live AS USA coverage
You’ll also be able to follow live-text coverage of the game between Senegal and Egypt right here at AS USA. We'll be building up to the game from about an hour ahead of kick-off, before taking you through the action as it unfolds.