AFCON 2023: Cape Verde’s stunning win against Mozambique books place in knockouts


In an exhilarating display of football prowess, Cape Verde soared high above Mozambique with a 3-0 triumph, securing their spot in the knockout stage of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2023. The encounter, which unfolded at the prestigious Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, saw the Blue Sharks exhibit a commanding performance, leaving an indelible mark in the tournament.

The game kicked off with Cape Verde asserting their dominance early on. Bebe, a key player for the Blue Sharks, set the tone with a stunning opener. His expertise was on full display as he unleashed a spectacular long-distance free kick, leaving Mozambique’s goalkeeper Ernan grasping at thin air. This early goal not only boosted the morale of the Cape Verde team but also set a high bar for the match.

Refusing to rest on their laurels, the Blue Sharks continued their relentless pursuit for more goals. Their aggressive pressing strategy paid off in the 51st minute when Ryan Mendes capitalized on a defensive lapse by the Mozambican team. Mendes, with a keen eye and swift reflexes, slotted the ball into the net, doubling the lead and intensifying the pressure on Mozambique.

The final nail in the coffin was hammered in by Kevin Lenini, who delivered what can only be described as a ‘long range beauty.’ His rocket shot from distance was a testament to Cape Verde’s skill and determination, as it sailed into the net, leaving no chance for a save.

On the other side, Mozambique struggled to create significant threats in front of the goal. Their performance, lacking in both offensive and defensive coordination, left them trailing in the group with just one point from two games. The Mambas now face a do-or-die situation against Ghana, where a win is imperative to keep their knockout stage aspirations alive.

Cape Verde’s next challenge is against Egypt, a match anticipated to be a thrilling encounter. Their emphatic win over Mozambique not only secures them a place in the next round but also sends a clear message to their upcoming opponents. The Blue Sharks are not just participants in this tournament; they are formidable contenders, aiming for glory.

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