CAIRO – Algerian coach Djamel Belmadi says he is going to rely on his players' "motivation and enthusiasm" as they face off against Senegal in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) at the Cairo International Stadium on Friday night (start at 9pm).
Belmadi was in a positive mood and said Algeria were "100 percent ready for the final."
"We not only want to win for ourselves but for our people in the stadium and back home. We want to make them happy. We will prepare for that match as we did for the previous ones. We are focused and I rely on my players’ motivation and enthusiasm.
"The group stage game was totally different as this is a decisive match. Both teams are on another psychological level.
"We are playing against the best African-ranked team in Senegal. They played in the previous World Cup, so they are the favourites to take the Afcon title. I haven't spoken to Senegal's coach Aliou Cisse but we will talk after the game. It's ironic that the two kids who grew up together are now facing each other in the final.