Eagles have not been flying high in the current Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.
After Nigeria’s Super Eagles were captured by Egyptian Pharoah’s through a 3-1 beating, it was the turn of another West Afrcan Eagle to falter in the presence of a North African xchallenge.
On Thursday, Algeria’s Desert Foxes re-emerged from the grilling at the hands of Malawi’s Flames to knock-off Mali’s star Eagles: Seydou Keita, Mahmadou Diarra and Momo Sissoko and Kanoute from their perch. A well taken free-kick and a header beat the Malian goalkeeper.
The Mali side barely had two opportunities which they could not finish.
The Algerians held their own until the blast of the final whistle. They are now equal on 3 points with Malawi’ s Flames who found it hard to roast the Palancras Negras of Angola.
With 50,000 home fans singing, chanting and trumpeting for their cause, southern Africa’s rare antelopes charged in Luanda’s humid night to beat the Flames 2-0. The goals were scored by Flavio and Manucho. The former is currently top scorer in the tournament with 3 goals. But he limped out of the field and there are fears he may have torn a muscle.
The final group A matches would be explosive as Angola’s Palancras Negras (4 points) take on Algeria’s Desert Foxes (3 points) while the Flames of Malawi (3 points) clash with the Eagles of Mali (1 point).All the teams still have a chance of going to the next round but Mali’s chances are smallest.
On Friday, Africa’s Black Stars expect to shine when they meet the Elephants of Ivory Coast. The loser of this confrontation will be one-foot out of this competition.
The tales of the AFCON jungle continue…