African Nations Cup

January 19, 2013



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Group A

19:00 +00:00, January 19, 2013

FNB Stadium, South Africa

Referee: Diatta Badara

Referee: Badara Diatta

Angola 0-0 Morocco

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Angola and Morocco played out a goalless stalemate to cap a disappointing opening day's action at the African Nations Cup.

After hosts South Africa and Cape Verde kicked off the tournament with a listless 0-0 draw earlier today, a similarly uninspiring contest played out in Johannesburg this evening, although Angola and Morocco at least showed a little more enterprise.

Former Manchester United striker Manucho might have secured Angola all the points to take them top of Group A, but his header from an inviting cross flashed just wide in the dying moments.

Angola fired an early warning shot when Mingo Bile hit a low drive that forced Nadir Lamyaghri into a good save in the third minute, while Morocco threatened when Mounir El Hamdaoui drove forward and fired in an effort that warmed the palms of Mamona Lama.

Liverpool's Oussama Assaidi hooked an effort over the bar in the 14th minute as Morocco again threatened, but that was as good as the first period got as chances dried up.

Morocco's highly-rated Montpellier playmaker Younes Belhanda suffered a slight muscle injury ahead of the match and was only fit enough for a place on the bench, but he was quickly into the action after coming on in the 63rd minute, firing a low shot wide from inside the area.

Yet it was Angola who looked most likely to break the deadlock late on and Mateus went close in the 87th minute with a fierce shot from distance that went straight down the throat of Lamyaghri.

With the clock ticking down there was still time for one more chance to come and go, Manucho spurning perhaps the game's best opening as he flung himself at Mateus' cross but somehow glanced his diving header from six yards beyond the far post.

Scoring Summary

Angola Morocco


Angola Morocco
Joao Mamona Luis LamaNadir Lamyaghri
15 MiguelMehdi Benatia
Alex Afonso Dani Massunguna15 Abdel El Kaoutari
20 Regio Francisco Congo Zalta Mingo Bile17 Issam Adoua
13 Bastos2 Abderrahim Chakir
3 Antonio LunguinhaKarim El Ahmadi
Aderito Waldemar DedeAdil Hermach
18 Hermenegildo Da CostaAbdelaziz Barrada
16 Jose Pirolito14 Mounir El Hamdaoui
Manucho21 Nordin Amrabat
17 Mateus11 Oussama Assaidi
22 Adilson NebluKhalid Askri 22
12 Mavanga LanduAnas Zniti 12
10 Francisco ZuelaAhmed Kantari 4
Marcos AirosaZakara Bergdich 3
14 Amandio CostaAbdelatif Noussir 16
5 Mafuta FabricioKamel Chafni 19
11 Sebastiao Felisberto Graca Amaral GilbertoYounés Belhanda 10
Campos Braume Manuel Abel DjalmaMehdi Namli 23
21 Manuel CostaYoussef Idrissi Kaddioui 13
8 Osvaldo Manucho DinisYoussef El Arabi 9
23 Guilherme AfonsoChahir Belghazouani 18
19 Herculano YanoAbderazak Hamdallah 20
Guilherme Afonso for Regio Francisco Congo Zalta Mingo Bile (46)
Younés Belhanda for Abdelaziz Barrada (63)
Marcos Airosa for Antonio Lunguinha (78)
Youssef El Arabi for Mounir El Hamdaoui (71)
Sebastiao Felisberto Graca Amaral Gilberto for Hermenegildo Da Costa (82)
Chahir Belghazouani for Karim El Ahmadi (82)
Yellow Cards
Manucho (35)
Mehdi Benatia (56)
 Younés Belhanda (77)
· Squads: Angola | Morocco