Angola appeared to be on their way to an impressive win against Mali during the opening game of the African Nations Cup, but they gave away a four-goal lead and eventually had to settle for a draw.
The Africa Cup hosts lock horns with Malawi in their second game of the group stage and head coach Manuel Jose has made it clear that his men need to be mentally tough.
"We will have to be mentally very strong to survive that. I think we'll
be okay though. I have a fantastic group of players. I said after the match
that I've never seen anything like that last 15
minutes. I still feel that now," said Jose in a press conference.
"There was enormous pressure on the team, as hosts playing in front of our own fans. It was
a great responsibility. We will do our best not to disappoint the
home fans, who were brilliant on Sunday. It was great to see the
stadium full like that."
Angola sit second in the table after one match and cannot afford to lose against Malawi if they are to make it into the quarter-finals.
Stefan Coerts, Goal.com