On Sunday, five people were reportedly killed and 13 injured in Algeria as fans celebrated the country's qualification for their first Afcon final since 1990, after defeating Nigeria 2-1.
The two finalists have already met once in the group stage of this tournament, with Algeria emerging narrow 1-0 victors to top the group.
"I do not like highlighting players".
However, Mahrez and Mane are hot on his heels, as they both have 3 goals each.
The Algerians were 2-1 winners. Our people showed great stuff lately, but our focus is on the final and we want to win the tournament for our people.
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Gomes was in charge of three Afcon matches - Egypt v DR Congo, Ghana v Tunisia and Zimbabwe v Uganda - while he was the fourth official in the semi-final between Nigeria and Algeria. Except for that mishap, they were able to keep a clean sheet in the last seven matches, including a friendly game against Nigeria.
Mane has netted three goals although he has also missed two penalties, prompting him to abdicate responsibility for spot- kicks, but there has been no denying his importance for Senegal.
Ighalo has a third-place playoff match against Tunisia still to play and if goalkeeper Mouez Hassen continues to be as erratic as he has been throughout the tournament, the former Watford man could fill his boots.
Both Algeria and Senegal are managed by local coaches, a fact that has got the continent's football lovers calling for more countries to follow suit and use locals in team management. As a result of extra-time Senegal was stronger - thanks to an own goal, he made it to the final.
That was not to be the case, though, as Egypt succumbed to a shocking 1-0 defeat against South Africa at the Cairo International Stadium as Thembikosi Lorch scored the victor to send Bafana-Bafana to the Quarter-Finals of the competition, leaving the Egyptian national team's supporters in tears. "We've conceded just two goals and scored twelve".
"I'm ready to even swap a Champions League for a Cup of Nations". A three-time Champions League victor with Barcelona and Internazionale, the prolific striker was named African Player of the Year on four occasions, won AFCON twice (2000, 2002) and is the all-time top scorer in the competition's history with 18 goals. Going to Dakar with the trophy would be extraordinary. "It would be my craziest dream".