In a highly anticipated clash for qualification from Group B at the Africa Cup of Nations, Cape Verde will go head-to-head with Mozambique at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium on Friday.
Both teams are aiming to secure maximum points to guarantee a spot in the round of 16. After impressive performances in their opening matches, this encounter promises to be an exciting battle.
Cape Verde showcased their determination and skill in their first Group B match against Ghana, securing a well-deserved 2-1 victory.
Their late winning goal demonstrated their resilience and ability to outplay strong opponents. With this win, they aim to replicate their success from the previous edition of AFCON and secure a place in the knockout stage.
On the other hand, Mozambique suffered a heartbreaking defeat against the seven-time champions Egypt. Despite a valiant effort and taking a 2-1 lead, they conceded a late penalty, denying them a historic victory.
However, the team showed promise with their counter-attacking style, and they will be eager to bounce back against Cape Verde.
Cape Verde’s recent form in the Africa Cup of Nations has been impressive, with a victory in their opening match.
However, in other competitions, they have experienced a mixed bag of results, including wins, losses, and draws.
Mozambique, on the other hand, displayed a resilient performance to secure a draw in their first AFCON match. In their overall form, they have witnessed victories, defeats, as well as draws.
Cape Verde’s starting lineup remains intact after avoiding injuries in their previous match. Garry Rodrigues, who made a significant impact as a substitute against Ghana, may earn a starting position.
The availability of Clesio Bauque, who sustained a hamstring issue against Egypt, will depend on his fitness. Domingos, who struggled defensively in the last game, aims for an improved performance.
Cape Verde: (4-3-3)
Defenders: Moreira, Costa, Pico, Paulo
Midfielders: Duarte, Pina, Monteiro
Forwards: Mendes, Bebe, Cabral
Macandza, Mexer, Dove, Mandava
Witi, Guima, Amade, Gildo
Prediction: Cape Verde 2-1 Mozambique
In their previous encounters, Cape Verde has proven to be a formidable opponent for Mozambique, remaining undefeated in three games, with two victories.
Considering their current form and history, we predict a 2-1 victory for Cape Verde, securing their progress to the round of 16.