Angola out to avoid second Group B loss

Angola out to avoid second Group B loss
Nelione Tavaes of Angola challenged by Lesenya Ramoraka of Botswana during the 2018 COSAFA match between Botswana and Angola at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 28 May 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday May 30, 2018. 08:00

Angola will want to bag their first win against Mauritius in their second 2018 Cosafa Cup match on Wednesday afternoon.

The second Group B match presents coach Srdan Vasiljevic’s men with a chance to redeem themselves.

Angola failed to start on a high as they suffered a shocking loss to the Zebras of Bostwana on Monday.

The loss was their first to their neighbours in the regional competition’s history, but they will want to avoid their second defeat on Wednesday.

Angola occupies the third spot on the log table with zero points and a failure to bag maximum points will dent their knockout qualification hopes.

"We are here to show our quality and take advantage of the tournament to rehearse and assemble the team with which we will play the qualifiers to access the CAN (African Nations Cup),” said the Serbian coach.

“It is a young selection and we will explore the potential of each one.

“I am an ambitious coach and I like to work with young people, also anxious. I am convinced that together we will work to take the cup with us.”

For Les Dodos, they will be hoping to bag their second win in the regional tournament when they renew rivalry against the Angolans.

Mauritius started their Group B campaign with a 1-0 win over Malawi on Monday night and will be hoping to get another victory.

Sitting at the second spot in the group with three points will push the side to maximise their knockout hopes by bagging another win.

Damien Balisson netted for the Mauritians against the wasteful Flames of Malawi on Monday and will be banking on their tactical discipline to upset Angola.

Meanwhile, the two Southern African nations have met eight times, but the Islanders have two wins and one draw compared to five victories for the Palancas Negras.

The encounter will be staged at Seshego Stadium at 17:00(CAT).

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