Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau battle for Group K ascendancy

Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau battle for Group K ascendancy
Joao Mussica of Mozambique celebrates goal teammates during the 2018 COSAFA match between Mozambique and Comoros at Seshego Stadium, Polokwane on 29 May 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 06, 2018. 09:15

Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau will battle for Group K ascendancy when they meet in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Estadio do Zimpetoin Maputo on Saturday, September 8, kick-off at 17h00 CAT.

Mozambique top the standings on three points after they opened their group stage campaign with a 1-0 away win over Zambia in June last year. Stanley Ratifo scored a late goal for the Mambas as they shocked the Chipolopolo in Ndola, raising hope that they will return to the AFCON finals for the first time since 2010.

Guinea-Bissau are level with Mozambique at the top of the log after their 1-0 home win over Namibia. Edigerson Gomes netted for the Djurtus, who are looking for a second successive appearance at the continental finals after their debut in Gabon 2017.

Mozambique come into the game having last been in official action in late May in the Cosafa Cup in South Africa, where they suffered a loss to Madagascar before consecutive wins over island minnows the Comoros and Seychelles.

GB were last in action in March, suffering a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Burkina Faso in a friendly.

This match will be the first official meeting of Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau, and Mauritian referee Ahmed Imtehaz Heeralall will take charge of the match in Maputo.

The other Group K clash takes place an hour earlier on Saturday in Windhoek, with Namibia hosting Zambia at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

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