Previewing AFCON: Cape Verde and Mauritania, the underdogs, pursue their dreams of clinching the title


In the upcoming 2023 African Cup of Nations round of 16 clash on Monday, Cape Verde and Mauritania, both considered “surprise” teams, are set to face off after surpassing expectations in Ivory Coast.

Cape Verde’s coach, Bubista, acknowledges the challenge posed by Mauritania, praising their cohesion and quality.

Having topped Group B with powerhouses Ghana and Egypt, Bubista emphasizes the importance of a tactical approach against a team with a solid defense, particularly after Mauritania’s well-deserved victory against Algeria.

Mauritania’s coach, Amir Abdou, views Cape Verde as an attractive yet vulnerable opponent, aiming to exploit their tendency to both score and concede.

Both teams express confidence ahead of this significant match, with Cape Verde’s striker Tiago Correia highlighting the uniqueness of the occasion and a singular focus on victory.

Despite a challenging start, Mauritania’s defender Lamine Ba sees a new competition beginning and anticipates strong support from their fans.

Both nations recognize the rarity of the opportunity they’ve earned, with Abdou expressing confidence in his competitive group.

As Cape Verde and Mauritania pursue their AFCON dreams, the monumental clash is scheduled for today at 6 pm Nigerian time at the Félix Houphouët Boigny stadium in Abidjan.


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