AFCON 2023: Mauritania aiming to rewrite history in Ivory Coast


As the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations approaches in Côte d’Ivoire 2023, Mauritania is gearing up for their third appearance in the prestigious tournament, with hopes set high on rewriting history and advancing beyond the group stages.

Drawn into Group D alongside formidable opponents Algeria, Burkina Faso, and Angola, Mauritania will be based in Bouake as they strive to make their mark on the continental stage. With their last two AFCON appearances in 2019 and 2021 concluding in the group stages, the “Al Mourabitounes” are eager to break the pattern and progress further in the competition.

The TotalEnergies CAF AFCON fixtures are poised to test Mauritania’s mettle:

16 January – Burkina Faso vs. Mauritania: 14:00 GMT, Al Salam Bouaké Stadium.

20 January – Mauritania vs. Angola: 17:00 GMT, Salam Bouaké Stadium.

23 January – Mauritania vs. Algeria: 20:00 GMT, Salam Bouaké Stadium.

Mauritania’s road to Côte d’Ivoire was paved with determination and resilience, finishing second in the qualifiers with 10 points, just behind leaders Democratic Republic of Congo with 12 points. The “Al Mourabitounes” showcased their prowess by scoring 8 goals and conceding 7 during their journey. The decisive moment came in the last qualifier against Gabon, where they secured a crucial 2-1 victory, sealing their place in Côte d’Ivoire.

One player who will undoubtedly be in the spotlight for Mauritania is Aboubakar Koita. The 25-year-old, known for his strong scoring sense, has been a standout performer with his club St. Trond in the Belgian League, tallying an impressive 11 goals in 20 matches this season. Koita’s goal-scoring prowess will be a crucial asset for Mauritania in their quest for success.

Guiding the team is coach Amir Abdo, an inspirational figure aspiring to etch his name in golden letters on the continent. Abdo’s emphasis on unity and team spirit has resonated with the squad, creating an environment conducive to success.

Reflecting on their AFCON record, Mauritania’s journey in 2019 and 2021 saw them exit in the first round. Now, with renewed determination and a talented squad, Mauritania is poised to make a deeper run in Côte d’Ivoire, aiming to rewrite history and leave an indelible mark on the 2023 edition of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations.

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