Mauritania vs Angola
Suez Stadium, Suez
After somehow stealing a draw against Tunisia, Angola will be back in action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Mauritania at the Suez Stadium.
After trailing to a first-half penalty, the Giant Sable Antelopes saw Djalma Campos equalize to hand them a vital 1-1 draw with group favourites Tunisia.
The point means Angola need to take care of Mauritania and avoid defeat against Mali in the last game so as to reach the last 16.
“We got a good result after enormous difficulties in the preparation period, Angola coach Srdjan Vasiljevic.
“We want to play good football and compete with the best African teams.
Before the draw with Tunisia, Angola were on a three-match winning streak and that confidence should be enough to give them momentum going in Saturday’s game.
Coincidently, Angola’s last loss in their last 9 games was against Mauritania last October.
For Mauritania, their debut match at the African Cup of Nations finals ended in a heavy defeat as Mali brushed them aside 4-1 in their opening game of Group E.
They started enthusiastically against Mali but were lacking the quality to inflict damage on their opponents and after they conceded the opening goal there was only one team who looked likely of winning.
Mauritania enjoyed a 1-0 home victory against Angola last October during the qualifying campaign for this tournament with Adama Ba scoring the only goal of the game.
Coming up against a motivated Angola side on Saturday may be too much of a task for Mauritania but with the way underdogs have performed this campaign, a result is not beyond the Lions of Chinguetti.
The two teams have played each other just twice before. That was during qualifying for this very tournament. Both sides picked up a win, most intriguingly – both on their away legs.
The other group E game, played on Friday, saw Tunisia draw 1-1 with Mali.
Saturday’s other fixtures
-Cameroon vs Ghana @8pm
-Benin vs Guinea-Bissau @11pm
-Tunisia 1-1 Mali
-Morocco 1-0 Ivory Coast
-South Africa 1-0 Namibia