Angola hopeful of beating Senegal

All four team in Group D are on one point going into the second round of matches.

    Senegal have been training hard ahead of their important Group D clash with Angola in Tamale [AFP]

    "It will be a difficult game for us, they are candidates for the title but there are 11 players on each side," said Luis Oliveira Goncalves, Angola coach.
     
    "The pressure will be on Senegal but we are going to do the best we can.
     

    "The pressure will be on Senegal but we are going to do the best we can."

    Luis Oliveira Goncalves,
    Angola coach

    "It's difficult but not impossible to win."
     
    Both Senegal and Angola conceded late goals as they were held by Tunisia and South Africa respectively in Wednesday's games.
     
    On paper, the tie is a mismatch with Senegal boasting a squad full of players based with European clubs, while Angola's squad hail mostly from local clubs or lower league outfits in Europe.
     
    South Africa still in it
     
    Meanwhile, Carlos Alberto Parreira, South Africa coach, said Group D was wide open.
     
    "I said before that any of these teams could finish in the top two and I was right because everybody is equal after the first game," the Brazilian said.
     
    "We are still considering ourselves as possibilities.
     
    "The way we played in the second half against Angola has given us hope for the match against Tunisia."
     
    Despite building a lavish new stadium on the outskirts of the provincial town, authorities were left red-faced last Wednesday when the two games were played in a half-empty arena.
     
    At the same time, hundreds of people said they had been unable to get in.
     
    Authorities in Tamale blamed the organising committee in the Ghanaian capital Accra for not sending the tickets in time.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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