Angola will meet either Cameroon or Nigeria in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals next week Friday after eliminating Namibia.
Angola reached the last eight for the first time in their history, beating Namibia 3-0 in the round of 16 at de la Paix de Bouake Stadium on Saturday.
The Palancas Negras will now meet the winner between the Super Eagles or Indomitable Lions, who are meeting in Africa’s titanic clash in Abidjan tonight.
Gelson Dala scored twice in the first half – the first finishing off from close range and the other with a diving header. Dala then turned from scorer to provider – setting up Cristova Pancienca, known as Mabululu for the third in the second half.
It means a historic journey of Namibia in the AFCON finals came to a crushing end as they were in the round of 16 for the first time in their history.
These two Southern region sides were meeting at the AFCON for the first time since an entertaining 3-3 draw in Burkina Faso in 1998.
Angola, who finished top in Group D, were in the round of 16 for the first time since 2010 when they hosted the tournament, losing to eventual finalists Ghana.
Today, things fell quickly in Namibia’s favor. They had a man advantage after Betuel Muzeu robbed Angola’s defender Kialonda Gaspar and sprinted clearly, but his flick was handled outside the box by Adilson Cipriano.
Mauritania referee Dahane Beida had no option but to send the goalie off in the 17th minute. While Namibia did not make numerical advantage count, they were punished when Alfred Ribeiro squared for Dala who nodded into the empty net in the 38th minute.
It was then 10 players each as Cape Town Spurs defender Lubeni Haukongo was sent off when he was trying to cut across Mabululu but he clipped him as he was clean through on goal.
Namibia appeared to be all over the place and that man again Dala added the second from the resulting free-kick of Ribeiro with a header three minutes before half-time.
Namibia had to respond in the second half and Hotto linked up Peter Shalulile but the Mamelodi Sundowns striker had a shot flying high and wide, with coach Collin Benjamin cutting a stoned face on the bench.
Mabululu was unlucky on the turn from Corte Carneiro’s cross, as his shot went wide in the 65th minute. But he was never denied when he was clean through a minute later from a feed of Dala, curling home to score the third for Angola. With Angola’s tails up, Nigeria or Cameroon must work hard to beat Pedro Goncalves’ side in the quarter-finals.