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Angola & Algeria reach quarters

LUANDA, January 19 – Angola and Algeria became the latest teams to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations' quarter-finals after a 0-0 draw here on Monday.
The split result suited both teams perfectly, with Angola going through as Group A winners on five points and Algeria as runners-up on four points.

Mali, who beat Malawi in the simultaneous game up in Cabinda 3-1, were also on four points but missed out on the head-to head performance with Algeria.

Angola now progress to face the runners-up of Group B – either Ivory Coast, Ghana or Burkina Faso, in their Luanda fortress on Sunday, with Algeria taking on the Group B winners in Cabinda the same day.

Angola coach Manuel Jose reflected: "We were nervous in the first half, and had a great chance but couldn’t score.

"Then we heard at half time that Mali were leading in Cabinda so in the second half we tried to minimise the risk of defeat. It wasn’t good for the fans but we had to avoid risks, our main objective was to qualify."

He said the absence of key players Flavio and Dede and the suspended Stelvio had had a major bearing on the game.

"The return of players like Flavio will be fundamental to us. Our task now is to get them back for the quarter-final."

Asked which of the Group B teams he would most like to face the Portuguese added: "The coach of Burkina Faso is a former player of mine, the team doctor is a great friend of mine, but friendship aside I don’t prefer one team or another."

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Algeria coach Rabah Saadane said his World Cup qualifiers had done well in difficult conditions.

"The temperature was very high with a lot of humidity so the conditions weren’t favourable to us.

"We were at risk in the first-half but after the break we improved our defence and we achieved the essential, to qualify."

A traffic snarl up outside meant the game started with the 11 November stadium only half full, the crowd including the Algerian supporters – all ten of them – and Angola’s number one fan, President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Jose made two changes from the XI that saw off Malawi 2-0, with Jamuana starting for suspended Stelvio and Zekalanga coming in for injured star striker Flavio, scorer of three of Angola’s six goals up to Monday.

Algeria had only one alteration from the side that beat Mali 1-0, with Blackpool attacker Hamer Bouazza taking the place of Strasbourg midfielder Yassine Bezzazz.

Algeria were at the hosts’ heels from kick-off, desperate to avoid the ignominy of a first round exit with South Africa 2010 looming.

After an open first quarter Angola were looking dangerous on the attack, with Mabina for one testing Desert Foxes’ keeper Faouzi Chaouchi in the 17th minute.

On the half hour Chaouchi could only punch away Manucho’s centre cum shot as the evenly balanced first half continued at a breathless pace.

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Angola had their best chance two minutes from the break when Zekalanga slid the ball over to Djalma waiting in the box only for his close range shot to lack the necessary ooomph to cause Chaouchi much concern.

Minutes after the restart Zuela was stretchered off after suffering an injury in his successful bid to stop Karim Matmour connecting with a potentially damaging cross from the left.

Defender Dias Caires entered the fray in his place.

Jose sent on the hugely popular Job for Zekelanga and Saadane introduced Lazio striker Mourad Meghni for Bouazza.

The by now 50,000 capacity crowd was desperate for a goal from their men in red and black but the punch had gone out of the game with the draw suiting them and the 1990 champions from North Africa just fine.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Guest

    October 12, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Some things got me thinking that the whole operation was planned by the government and that there were no real terrorists, it appears that the government wanted to benefit from the loot of the west gate mall.

    • guest

      October 13, 2013 at 4:13 am

      Are you serious?
      you must be kidding?
      Or you want to hear other peoples view, those who are negative as you are!

      • Kwessi Pratt

        October 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm

        Guest guest, kidding? Why use the same name? Or only one “guest” is talking to himself?

  2. Kwessi Pratt

    October 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Kenya is essentially a colonial state. Only that colonizers are local tribal chiefs with very little regard for the ordinary man. I guess, thats why security failures are quickly transfered to that little man! Havent you noticed that while top guys are not willing to take blame for Westgate fiasco, they are willing to introduce so called “nyumba kumi” security plan? This is hyphocrisy of the highest order. A senator reported intented plan to attack the mall and he was quickly brushed aside. Even plans are reportedly underway to throw him out of his party! Victims also pointed out a suspected terrorist at the scene but they were also ignored. And instead of lords of impunity being forced to swiftly close security lapses, we are again turning to that overtaxed little man to pass blame, or hide behind him!

    Security in this country Bwana PK is largely being messed up by tribal lords tasked to protect us. Chances are that they were drinking somewhere and exchanging tribal pleasantries when the Mall was burning. They only showed up after their bosses called them. As colonizers, they ignored calls from their juniors. But to cover them, we have to turn to Stalinist acts like “nyumba kumi” that have no place in a democratic society. Merchants of impunity have to be covered at the expense of Mwananchi! Is it an accident that most of the laws passed since independence have been anti-people, merely geared to pumish that little cashcow? Had one of the tribal chiefs been killed at the Mall, most of our security guys would be jobless by now. However, that overtaxed little man is the one who went through hell and thats his problem as far as impunity lords are concerned.

    Kenya lost her fundamentals soon after independence. And unless a new way of doing things is embraced, we WILL keep on repeating same same mistakes. Thats why “we have to move on” as if nothing happened! Havent you noticed how this ICC matter has been approached from the start? Mr. Joshua Sang is not even an item! Those “little poor men” who died during PEV have been reduced to nothing. But suspects have gone on to lead us without a hitch. And every time you suggest thats not right and is even against our constituion, you are declared a sellout. For how long Mr. PK the country is going to revolved around selfish individuals who have no regard for the little man they endlessly milk dry? And as the Westgate Mall incident clearly showed, our security response is the problem NOT our capacity to handle such. Nevertheless, failure to install Stalinist “nyumba kumi kumi” security plan was the reason why lost the mall to terrorists for four long days! We are indeed a colony held hostage by tribal selfish interest!!!!

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