Angola and Morocco played a goalless draw in Johannesburg on Saturday in the second match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Both sides went close to scoring despite incessant rain and very cold conditions at Soccer City, with Angola keeper Lama making a superb diving save to thwart Morocco’s Mounir El Hamdaoui after 10 minutes.
El Hamdaoui had also gone close in the fifth minute with another effort stopped by Lama while Mingo Bille had a chance to put Angola ahead a few minutes earlier.
The two sides had their great moments. The first half was for Morocco while Angola dominated the second but neither could walk off with a win.
Although Morocco dominated the early stages, Angola played their way back into the game and Guilherme Afonso, making his competitive international debut as a halftime substitute for Bille, almost broke the deadlock two minutes later.
Manucho and Afonso got in each other’s way trying to head home a cross in the 88th and the former put the ball just wide.
Both sides were meeting each other for the sixth time, with Morocco holding the historic advantage after winning four of their previous encounters and drawing the last one 2-2 in Lisbon in 2009.