Star player Joao ‘Jo’ Cambangula scored a hattrick as Angola thrashed debutants Guinea 5-1 to join record champions Egypt in the semi-finals. The Angolans will face hosts Morocco in Wednesday’s semi while Egypt play Libya.
Egypt finished top of the group with a 100 percent record after beating Mozambique in their final game while Angola finished second with six points after two wins and a loss.
Edilau Salomao and Artur Saddam da Silva scored the other two for Angola while Guinea’s consolation was scored by Sidina Drame.
The debutants had hope of pushing into the semis after their victory over Mozambique on Friday, and they came determined to try and push in for their chance.
However, they found themselves trailing after four minutes into the game when Joao scored his first of three with a simple tap in after some quick play found Guinea out of sorts and Saddam cutting back for Jo to score.
They went to the break with a healthy 2-0 margin when the red hot Joao scored his second with a well worked goal.
He won back possession with Guinea in attack and with some silky piece of skill got away from Mohamadou Tamante before shooting low past the keeper.
It was a crucial goal for Angola as it came just a few seconds after their keeper had made a great save to deny Batoura Keita after a freekick was rolled his way.
Angola took charge of the game in the second half, Salomao striking them three up after two minutes of play after a quick freekick was taken by Osvaldo Inacio to set him up.
Angola then made it 4-0 from the penalty spot, Saddam scoring after the keeper was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box.
Guinea pulled one back with 2:18 left on the clock when Drame tapped home from a Mohamed Herve Camara cross, but the Angolans restored their four-goal advantage immediately from the restart, Joao scoring his third with a great solo effort.