Angola’s hopes to field goalkeeper Adilson Cipriano da Cruz ‘Neblú’ in the crucial quarter-final showdown against Nigeria have been dashed following a disciplinary decision.
Neblú was red-carded during Angola’s 3-0 victory against Namibia in the Round of 16 after handling the ball inside the box, leaving him ineligible for the upcoming match.
Initially facing a two-game suspension, Angola Football Federation’s appeal led to a reduction in Neblú’s ban to one game. However, his absence will pose a significant setback for Pedro Goncalves’ team as they aim for their first-ever semi-final berth in AFCON history.
The absence of the seasoned shot-stopper will undoubtedly be felt by the Palancas Negras as they prepare to take on the Super Eagles at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan on Friday.
With Neblú sidelined, Angola will have to rely on alternative options to fill the crucial goalkeeping position, intensifying the challenge against a formidable Nigerian side.
As the quarter-final clash looms, anticipation builds among fans eager to witness the outcome of what promises to be a fiercely contested match between two African football giants.
For Angola, the match against Nigeria represents an opportunity to make history and advance further in the tournament, while Nigeria aims to maintain its momentum and secure a spot in the semi-finals.