Mauritania records most shocking AFCON upset

Edwin  - CEO January 23, 2024
Updated 2024/01/24 at 4:04 AM
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Mauritania shocks Algeria to record historic win.


Algeria finished bottom of their AFCON group (AFP via Getty Images)


Mauritania has recorded the most shocking result of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2023 after beating Algeria at the Stade de la Paixin Bouake.


All the odds favored Algeria to pick their first win in the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON Côte d’Ivoire 2023, but Mauritania came to the party, sending their North African opponents packing.


Yali Dellahi controlled a rebound to produce a great strike, which deflected to put Mauritania ahead.


After taking the lead in the 37th minute, Amir Abdou managed situations and defended his lead throughout the game.


Goalkeeper Babacar Niasse made heroic saves to keep the Lions of Chinguetti in the game. The win is Mauritania’s first in the history of the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON.


Mauritania is through to the knockout stage of the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON with three points.


Djamel Belmadi – Algeria coach 


“The observation right here is that we have conceded a goal. We can come back here and look at the goals that we conceded. There are some things that I cannot explain; we haven’t been able to score even though we had good plans and tactics. “This is the mystery of football. If we do not create chances, if chances created by the opponent teams dominate us, if we miss a lot of opportunities, then we could say there is a sector that is not good, but that was not the case in the matches we played, so these are things I can’t explain. “We are out of the AFCON for the second time, and that’s football. That’s how it is. “We have not been able to score, and we have not been able to make the difference.


As I said in the beginning, we don’t have any small team in this AFCON, and you can be punished anytime with a set piece or a penalty, so we cannot finish our chances and create more.”


Amir Abdou – Mauritania coach 


“What we are feeling and going through is extraordinary. I told my players not to leave anything out to believe until the final whistle. We saw all the scenarios we had in those conversations, and we had seen other teams, and we could win against this Algerian team.


“Individually and as a team, we showed a lot of determination for this qualification, so we will start from here.


“It is a tough win. You find yourself in a country where you don’t know many people and have this result, and people will hit you in the middle.


“The players had a historic game. I told them today that they need to write their names in the history books of Mauritanian football, and they have done that.”




The win against Algeria is Mauritania’s first TotalEnergies CAF AFCON win and a knockout stage qualification.


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