After their impressive first games in the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations campaign, Cape Verde and Mozambique will target a round of 16 slot when they face off at the Stade Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium on Friday.
Cape Verde stunned a star-stunned Ghana 2-1, while Mozambique were unlucky not to win against tournament record holders, Egypt who snatched a late 2-2 draw.
– Note that this will be the first meeting between the two sides in the AFCON.
– In total, the two teams have met four times since 2014, the record is dominated by Cape Verde with two wins, there has been one draw and Mozambique has managed one win.
– In terms of goals, the record is also dominated by Cape Verde with four goals to Mozambique’s three.
– A win for Cape Verde could ensure progress from the group stages for the third time in four attempts.
– Mozambique are still in search for a first victory at the AFCON finals (D3, L10).
– The Mambas two goals against Egypt means they have scored two or more goals in five international matches in eight matches.
Cape Verde XI: Vozinha, Joao Paulo Fernandes, Pico, Logan Costa, Steven Moreira, Jamiro Monteiro, Kevin Pina, Deroy Duarte, Jovane Cabral, Bebe, Mendes da Graca.
Mozambique XI: Ernan Alberto Siluane, Reinildo Mandava, Gabriel Edmilson Dove, Mexer, Domingos Macandza, Witiness Quembo, Alfons Amade, Ricardo Guimaraes, Gildo Vilanculos, Domingues, Stanley Ratifo.