All still to play for in Group A

Group A come to a climax with all four teams still in with a chance of making the quarter-finals.

Hosts South Africa are in pole position as the group leaders with four points. They play Morocco who have two points from two draws, but the North Africans can still advance with a win.

Morocco will miss playmaker Younes Belhanda, who is suspended after picking up two bookings.

Morocco coach Rachid Taoussi said: "What is important for us is to reach the knockout stage. We have talented footballers, but sometimes lack team-work.

"It is a bitter reality I am striving to change."

Bafana Bafana's improved performance in their 2-0 win over Angola put them in the driving seat in the group.

But they are without injured striker Lehlohonolo Majoro , while fellow forward Tokelo Rantie is doubtful after twisting an ankle.

South Africa coach Gordon Igesund says: "I was very happy with the team that started [against Angola] and I was very happy with the team that finished.

"Playing defensive football is not my style. However, I cannot go out there and open up, leaving us vulnerable to counter-attacks."

In the other game CAN debutants Cape Verde Islands hope to beat Angola and qualify for the quarter-finals.

Cape Verde are tied on two points with Morocco in Group A and a victory against fellow Portuguese-speaking nation Angola could catapult them to the last eight of this competition at the first attempt.

"This game is crucial for the two teams as victory could take us through to the quarter-finals," said Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes at an eve-of-match press briefing.

"We will do our best to win the game, which will be difficult against a good Angola team who parade some talented players who can create trouble for us."

The Blue Sharks from a group of 10 islands off the west African coast have already caused a stir by eliminating four-time champions Cameroon in a qualifier.

They held hosts South Africa 0-0 in the opening game of the competition last weekend and drew 1-1 with former champions Morocco in their second group outing.

Lille striker Ryan Mendes and midfielder Platini from Portuguese club Santa Clara have caught the eye with top-class individual displays.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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