The CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 continues to deliver exhilarating football, with recent matches unveiling high-quality goals, last-minute equalizers, and unexpected results.
Let’s delve into the captivating moments in this edition of AFCON and review the action as we approach the end of matchday 2 of 3.
Angola’s Spectacular Triumph Over Mauritania
Angola emerged victorious against Mauritania, securing a 3-2 win that propelled them to the top of Group D. Gelson Dala’s two goals, accompanied by Gilberto’s contribution, showcased Angola’s attacking prowess.
However, Mauritania fought valiantly, with Amar Sidi Bouna and Aboubakary Koita scoring remarkable individual efforts.
The match was a rollercoaster of goals, featuring acrobatic finishes, solo runs, and scorching shots. Angola’s dominance in the early stages set the tone, but Mauritania’s resilience kept them in the game.
As both teams now prepare for their final group games, Group D remains finely poised with Angola leading the pack.
Algeria’s Late Equalizer Against Burkina Faso
Defending champions Algeria faced a stern test against Burkina Faso, and the match lived up to expectations with a dramatic 2-2 draw.
Baghdad Bounedjah’s heroics, including a late equalizer, salvaged a point for the Desert Foxes. Burkina Faso had earlier taken the lead through Mohamed Konaté and Bertrand Traoré.
The game featured VAR drama, with Konaté’s initially disallowed goal overturned after review. Bounedjah’s brace, including a recovery from a parried shot, ensured Algeria remained in contention.
Burkina Faso, despite the late equalizer, maintained their group lead, setting the stage for an enthralling conclusion to Group D.
Tunisia’s Resilient Comeback Against Mali
In Group E, Tunisia demonstrated resilience as they battled back to secure a 1-1 draw against Mali. Lassine Sinayoko’s early goal for Mali was countered by Hamza Rafia’s equalizer for Tunisia.
This result marked Tunisia’s first point in the tournament after suffering an upset defeat in their opening game against Namibia.
Mali, having secured a win against South Africa in their previous outing, maintained their top spot in Group E. With four points in hand, Mali is well-positioned to advance to the round of 16.
Tunisia, on the other hand, faces a crucial final group game against South Africa to enhance their chances of progressing.
This is how today’s fixtures look as Congo faces an acid test against Morocco, neighbours Tanzania take on Zambia, and South Africa seeks salvation against Namibia.
Fixtures, Times, Where To Watch
Morocco vs Congo – 17:00 EAT
Tanzania vs Zambia – 20:00 EAT
South Africa vs Namibia – 23:00 EAT