CHAN 2018: Angola book last-eight spot

Angola played to a 0-0 draw against Congo on Wednesday at Stade Adrar to qualify for the 2018 Caf African Nations Championship quarterfinals.

From this draw, the Cosafa-affiliated side has qualified for the last eight after collecting five points from three matches.

With the Angolans heading to the encounter eyeing the full three points for them to guarantee a place in the knockout stages, they failed to start on a high despite their dominance.

The Palancas Negras had a number of shots at goal and could not test Barel Mouko as Augusto Quibeto saw his well-driven effort sailing wide in the 30th minute.

Although coach Barthelemy Ngatsono’s troops have already qualified for the knockout stages, they remained disciplined to keep the Angolans at bay.

There were no goals at the interval.

However, coach Srdan Vasiljevic saw his men coming back with more energy as they moved the ball effectively, but Luis Calesso could not keep his effort down in the 79th minute.

The Angolans intensified their probe for a winning goal, but the Congolese defence took no prisoners in the dying stages of the tie.

In the wake of this stalemate, Congo have finished as Group D winners with seven points and will progress to the next stage. TEAMS

Congo: Mouko, Kibamba, Bissiki, Botamba (Mboungou 69’), Ngouala (Ngombe 61’), Mouzita, Gandze, Rozan, Mfoutou, Bidimbou, Ondongo

Angola: Landu, Estevao, Diniz, Macunho, Luis, Cabungula (Kaporal 65’), Quibeto, Ricardo (Va 76’), Justo (Chilo 82’), Gaspar, Carmo. Backstpage TXT