Angola, Mauritania set for decisive clash in Nouakchott

Angola, Mauritania set for decisive clash in Nouakchott
Abdoulaye Gaye Sileye of Mauritania ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Tuesday Oct 16, 2018. 11:00

Mauritania welcome Angola to the Stade Cheikha Ould Boïdiya on Tuesday in what is a crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier for both countries, as they set their sights on a booking a place at next year's showpiece in Cameroon.

Kick-off is at 19h00 CAT (SA, GMT+2).

Victory for either side could prove decisive in their qualifying quest with three teams currently locked on six points, with three rounds of qualifiers remaining.

Angola, Burkina Faso and Mauritania are all locked on the same points in Group I, while Botswana sit at the foot of the table having suffered defeat in all their allotted fixtures.

Palancas Negras beat Al Murabitun 4-1 in the reverse fixture at the Estádio 11 de Novembro in Luanda on Friday.

Mauritania hit the front through Sidi El Hacen, but a quick-fire brace from Mateus da Costa followed by goals from Djalma Campos and Gelson steered the hosts to victory in the Angolan capital.

Angola, though, are likely to find life a lot tougher in Nouakchott where Mauritanian have claimed many a valuable scalp in recent times.

Mauritania currently occupy 103rd spot in the latest FIFA World Rankings. Angola sit in 135th place.

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