AFRICA: COSAFA Cup
Time: 2:00 PM
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (Port Elizabeth)
Looking to kickstart their COSAFA Cup campaign after a shock defeat last time out, Senegal brace themselves up for the challenge of Mozambique on Friday.
On the other hand, Mozambique will aim to push on from an impressive opening day draw against one of the tournament favourites.
.Senegal suffered a 2-1 loss against Namibia on Wednesday when the two sides clashed at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Albert Diene scored in the 17th-minute to cancel out Marcel Papama’s strike four minutes earlier, but Elmo Kambindu was on target five minutes into the second period to decide the game.
Aliou Cisse‘s men must now pick themselves up to avoid being left with too much work to do as regards qualification into the next round.
The Lions of Teranga sit bottom of Group B as things stand, but there is no cause for alarm yet, with four rounds of games still yet to come.
Friday’s match is the first meeting between the sides in 15 years and a sixth overall, with the number one ranked team in Africa yet to taste defeat in any of the previous five.
Mozambique have gotten off to a decent start following a 0-0 draw on Wednesday versus tournament specialists Zimbabwe.
Horacio Goncalves’s men showed great resolve to earn a crucial point, having had their backs against the wall for the majority of the game.
For the first time since 2015 when they overcame Malawi, Os Mambas have managed to avoid defeat in their opening COSAFA Cup game.
That result should give Os Mambas a huge confidence boost heading into their next game in which they will be considered underdogs again.
- Mozambique’s form in last 5 matches: LWWDD.
- Senegal’s form in last 5 matches: DLLLL
PREDICTION: Draw/Away and Over 1.5