In their Africa Cup of Nations match against Angola at Stade de la Paix on Saturday, a frustrated Mauritania will try to bounce back from their opening game loss.
Palancas Negras held 2019 champions Algeria to a 1-1 draw, while the Lions of Chinguetti lost their Group D opener against Burkina Faso due to a late penalty.
Despite their desire to pose a greater offensive threat to Angola, Mauritania can still prevail against them if they can consistently put up effort off the ball.
The Lions of Chinguetti, who have yet to secure a maximum point total at the AFCON, will have another chance to win their first game in the Cup of Nations in their eighth trip to the continental showcase on Saturday.
It remains to be seen if this happens, but in order to give his team a chance against the Angolans, Abdou should insist that they equal the level of industry displayed against Burkina Faso.
Angola knows that defeating the Lions of Chinguetti virtually guarantees them a spot in the round of sixteen after they put themselves in a promising position with the point against Algeria.
Here is how both teams line up
Angola Starting XI
Neblu, Fortuna, Gaspar, Buantu Mananga, Afonso, Show, Gelson, Freddy, Gilberto, Zini, Mabululu
Mauritania Starting XI
Niase, Mohamed El Abd, Ba, Abeid, Keita, Gassama, Fofana, Mouhsine, Amar, Koita, Ba