Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2019 match:
Monday’s football game at New Suez Stadium pits together Mali and Mauritania, the two teams who face each other for the first time ever at the Africa Cup of Nations. The Mauritanians are determined to prove their worth on their debut at the tournament, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the Group E opener. The nominal visitors are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the New Suez Stadium clash, meaning that a low-scoring affair is on the cards.
Moussa Marega will be the man to watch in Mohamed Magassouba’s team and the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Anyhow, seeing that Mauritania footballers are likely to fight tooth and nail on their Africa Cup of Nations debut, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. In their last meeting in a competitive game Mauritania recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Mali.
Highlighted Player (Moussa Doumbia):
A Malian midfielder Moussa Doumbia has been with Russian side FK Rostov since 2014. The 22-year-old powerful midfielder started his career with Real Bamako in 2012. Doumbia spent two years playing for the Scorpions in the Malien Premiere Division, the top rank in the country. Russian side recognised his talent and made a transfer in 2014 tying Moussa Doumbia on a four-year deal.
During two seasons with Russian Premier League outfit, Doumbia was involved in 31 league matches. In 2015-16 season he contributed to his club’s runners-up finish with two goals of his own. Full-time Mali international made his national team debut in 2014 in a 3-1 victory over China in Shenzen.
His most recent international appearances occurred in September during an empathic 5-2 win over Benin in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Doumbia went on to score his team’s fifth goal with eleven minutes on the clock rounding off an impressive performance.
Highlighted Team (Mauritania):
Affiliated to both CAF (Africa) and WAFU (West Africa) confederations, Mauritania are the national team that qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history. The Lions of Chinguetti were grouped with the likes of Angola, Burkina Faso and Botswana in the qualifiers for the 2019 tournament, with the team finishing the team collecting 12 points from possible 18.
Mauritania, though, have yet to book their place at the FIFA World Cup finals. The Lions of Chinguetti suffered a heavy 5-1 loss to Malagasy Republic on their international debut (25 December, 1961) and they registered their biggest win 45 years later, with the team crushing Somalia 8-2 in Beirut, Lebanon.
Back in 1972 Mauritania suffered the biggest lost in the history of the national team as they were beaten 14-0 by Guinea. Stade Olympique, which can hold up to 20,000 people, is considered the team’s home ground.