AFCON 2023: Angola face Mauritania as both teams seek redemption


In a crucial Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group D showdown, two nations outside FIFA’s top-100, 105th ranked Mauritania and 117th ranked Angola, are set to clash in what could be a make-or-break encounter for both teams.

With both sides failing to secure victories in their opening matches, the pressure is on as they seek redemption in a bid to keep their knockout stage dreams alive.

Mauritania, despite their underdog status, are determined to turn the tide. However, their winless streak in AFCON group stages spanning seven matches (D2, L5) hangs heavily over them.

Amir Abdou’s Lions of Chinguetti are banking on their experience, marking their third successive finals appearance, but another winless outing could dash their hopes of a historic knockout round qualification.

Mauritania’s struggle to find the back of the net in their last four outings (D2, L2) poses a significant challenge, while Angola, who managed a 1-1 draw against Algeria, enters the contest with more confidence.

The last two encounters between these sides ended in goalless stalemates, a result that won’t benefit either team in their quest to progress beyond the group stage.

Angola, facing their own demons with a nine-match winless streak in AFCON group stages (D5, L4), knows the importance of breaking free from their recent struggles.

The spotlight will be on players like Hemeya Tanjy for Mauritania, who has scored in their last three wins, and Angola’s Mabululu, whose penalty against Algeria showcased his goal-scoring prowess.

As the teams prepare to battle, the outcome of this clash will significantly shape their AFCON destiny, either propelling them towards knockout glory or signaling another disappointing group stage exit.

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