The stage is set at Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium where Cape Verde will log head with Mauritania in the AFCON 2023 round of 16. Cape Verde qualified as leader in group B ahead of Egypt, the most successful team in the tournament.
Mauritania likewise made the round as the best third-placed team from Group C. Will Cape Verde continue their dream run, or will Mauritania rewrite the script?
About the game
Cape Verde have been steadily rising in African football rankings in recent years, and their AFCON campaign so far has been a testament to their progress. They topped Group B with impressive displays, tactical discipline and an unyielding fighting spirit. The Blue Sharks won the group ahead of the seven times champion, Egypt with seven points.
They made it through as an unbeaten team, winning 2-1 against Ghana, followed by a 3-0 victory over Mozambique. Cape Verde then held Egypt to a 2-2 draw in the group Finale despite the insignificance of their match to their progression.
On the other hand, Mauritania surprised everyone by securing a qualification spot as the best third-placed team from Group C. They qualified despite losing their first two games before an Epic 1-0 victory against an heavyweight, Algeria. Their resilience and defensive organization proved effective against more fancied opponents.
The Lions of Chinguetti made history will their first win in AFCON tournament. Interestingly, the victory was against one of the competition’s favorite, Algeria. This groundbreaking win propels Mauritania into the next round, while it marks a disappointing end for Algeria journey. They departs the tournament without a victory, leaving behind a catastrophic campaign.
The Best Betting Odds for Cape Verde vs Mauritania
Cape Verde will likely hold the edge due to their slightly superior attacking firepower. However, Mauritania’s defensive resolve and ability to snatch opportunities on the counter cannot be underestimated.
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