Angola became the first team to qualify for the quarter final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after a 3-0 victory against Namibia in the first Rounbd of 16 clash at the Stade de la Paix, Bouake on Saturday.
The game pitted Group D winners against Group E third placed side that secured qualification as one of the best four third placed team.
The 2006 FIFA World Cup campaigners were reduced to ten players in the 17th minute. The ball spins up and hit the hand of Neblu after he failed to control it and the referee blew his whistle for a foul. Neblu made an ugly tackle on his opponent and was sent off by the referee.
Ten player Angola shrugged off the numerical disadvantage to go ahead in the 42nd minute thanks to a tap in by Gelson Dala after a cross from Fredy.
The numerical advantage ended in the 40th minute when Namibia’s Lubeni Haukongo was shown a second yellow card for his foul.
Two minutes later, the Palancas Negras doubled their lead. Dala passed to Mabululu who collected the ball and unleasheed a terrific shot from the edge of the box. His effort went into the bottom right corner.
It became worse for the Brave Warriors in the 66th minute when Dala passed to Mabululu who collected the ball and unleashed a terrific shot from the edge of the box. His effort went into the bottom right corner.
In the additional minutes of the second half, Angola’s Zito Luvumbo unleashed a thunderous effort from the edge of the box and the ball crashed off the woodwork as his team got the deserved result to progress into the quarter final.
Angola will face the winner of the Round of 16 game between Nigeria and Cameroon in the quarter final.
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