The upcoming Group D clash at Stade de la Paix may not be a high-scoring affair, given the historical goal-scoring struggles of Mauritania and Angola at the AFCON. Their previous head-to-head clash in 2019 ended in a goalless draw with only one shot on target from Angola.
After their hard-fought draw with Algeria, Angola is eager to claim their first AFCON victory when they take on Mauritania on Saturday.
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Mauritania has been struggling to find the back of the net, experiencing a goal drought in their last six AFCON matches. Their most recent goal dates back to 2019 when Moctar El Hacen converted a penalty against Mali. Since then, they’ve taken 68 shots but have been unable to score, with only seven of those attempts finding the target. The disappointment continued in the opening match of the 2023 tournament against Burkina Faso. They suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat after conceding a 96th-minute penalty to Bertrand Traoré.
In the upcoming clash against Angola, the key player for Mauritania will once again be Captain Aly Abeid. In their loss to Burkina Faso, Abeid led the team in successful passes (21) and chances created (3). He becomes the first Mauritanian player to create three chances in an Africa Cup of Nations match.
Angola, not known for their prolific goal-scoring, have scored just seven goals in their last 10 group-stage games at AFCON since the 2010 edition. However, in their first game of the current tournament, they managed to find the net. Mabululu converts a penalty to secure an impressive 1-1 draw against Algeria. Despite Baghdad Bounedjah putting the 2019 AFCON champions ahead, Angola showcased resilience and fought back for a well-earned point.
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As these two teams face off, the stage is set for a battle between struggling offenses seeking a breakthrough in the tournament.
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