2023 AFCON: Angola v Namibia preview

2023 AFCON: Angola v Namibia preview
Cristovao Paciencia of Angola celebrates goal during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations match between Angola and Burkina Faso at Charles Konan Stadium inYamoussoukro on the 23 January 2024 © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Thando Mpembe

Friday Jan 26, 2024. 12:12

Angola and Namibia will lock horns in a crucial 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16 encounter at the Stade de la Paix in Bouaké on Saturday.

Date: Saturday 27 January 2024

Kick-off: 19h00 CAT

Head-to-head: The two teams have met 12 times across all competitions with Angola boast of an unbeaten record. The Palancas Negras have registered six wins and six draws against the Brave Warriors.

Angola’s last three results: Palancas Negras are undefeated in their last three matches – recording two consecutive wins and one draw. Angola drew 1-1 with Algeria before securing a 3-2 win over Mauritania and a 2-0 victory over Burkina Faso in Group D.

Namibia’s last three results: The Brave Warriors are winless in their last two games having succumbed to a 4-0 loss to South Africa before drawing 0-0 with Mali in Group D. They had started their Group D campaign with an impressive 1-0 win over Tunisia.

Team news: Both teams are yet to report injuries in their camps ahead of their encounter and there are no suspension concerns.

Key players, Angola: Mabululu and Gelson Dala are Palancas Negras’ dangermen having scored two goals each in this tournament while Kialonda Gaspar has been reliable at the heart of the Angola defence which kept a clean sheet against attack-minded Burkina Faso.

Key players, Namibia: Deon Hotto has been the Brave Warriors’ best player thus far in this tournament having been named Man of the Match twice. Peter Shalulile is a reliable goalscorer for Namibia, but he is yet to score in Ivory Coast and he will be keen to change this against Angola.

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