Mauritania coach Amir Abdou has shown confidence in his side to produce a positive result when they come up against Mali at the TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Algeria on Tuesday.
Lions of Chinguetti face their biggest test of the tournament so far when they play the Eagles in their last Group D tie at the the Miloud Hadefi Stadium in the city of Oran.
Abdou, who is enjoying a 14-game unbeaten run since taking over the side in March last year, has admitted that after bagging a point in their opener against Angola following a goalless draw, they will be leaving everything on the pitch.
“We are working very hard and have allowed our players to recover as long as possible. This is a team that is enthusiastic that wants to achieve something. It is a team that is very ambitious and wants to be the best,” Abdou told the media in the pre-match press conference on Monday.
“We are optimistic about our next game. We know that we are playing against Mali who were finalists at the last edition, so they are a very good side. Even though we have not lost in 14 games, we must be as humble as possible,” he added.
“We are trying to do our best and re-assess our tactics. Let us not forget that we are going to play against Mali. This is a very tough team. We saw that they were losing against Angola and then recovered to turn around the result to their favour. That kind of mentality is of a team that is very good so we know what we are coming up against.”
“Mali cannot be compared to Angola. Mali is a team that plays in a very aggressive way. This is a team that has shown strength in character. It is a strong team but we shall try to do our best when we face them tomorrow.”
“So far, we have figured out our strength in defense. We have managed to find our balance so now we will try to work on our offense. We need to do better to score goals and against Mali, we shall try to do that.”