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Qualification for the 2026 World Cup: Angola draws with Mauritius in a goalless match

The national football team, coached by the Portuguese Pedro Gonçalves, drew goalless in Mauritius, in the second round of Group D of the African qualifying zone for the World Cup 2026, registering the second goalless draw in the competition.


The Angolan team was superior in all parameters of the game, had more possession of the ball, more attacks, more shots aimed at the opponent's goal and more corner kicks, but was unable to be effective when finishing.

Angola, whose initial eleven included two players from Estrela da Amadora, from the Portuguese First League, central Kialonda Gaspar and midfielder Keliano Manuel, thus recorded the second null result in the competition, after the draw in the first round in Cape Verde, which puts them in fourth place after two rounds, with two points.

Group D is led by a trio made up of Cameroon, Libya and Cape Verde, all with four points, followed by Angola, with two, Mauritius, with one, and the Eswatini team, with zero, and defeated this Tuesday 2-0 for the Cape Verdean team.

In Group H, São Tomé and Príncipe were defeated at home by Namibia, 2-0, after conceding the first goal after just nine minutes by midfielder Prins Tijueza, and the second, at 75, following an own goal by the goalkeeper. Pedro Mateus, who plays for Feirense, in the Portuguese II League.

With this defeat, São Tomé and Príncipe is sixth and last placed in Group H, with zero points after two rounds, in a group led by Tunisia and Equatorial Guinea, both with six points, followed by Namibia and Malawi , both with three, and by Liberia, in fifth place, with zero points.

Finally, the Togo team, coached by the Portuguese Paulo Duarte, imposed a draw against the current African champions, Senegal, who played with their main stars, in the second round of group B.

Neither central Kalidou Koulibaly (Al-Hilal), nor midfielders Idrissa Gueye (Everton), nor forwards Sadio Mané (Al-Nassr) or Iliman N'Diaye (Marseille), among others who play in European Leagues, were able to score a goal against the Togolese team, coached by Paulo Duarte.

Group B is led by a duo consisting of Senegal and Sudan, both with four points, followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo, with three, Togo, with two, and Mauritania and South Sudan, both with one point, in fifth and sixth places.

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