Cape Verde coach promise fireworks, vow to lift trophy
Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes has predicted that his side will lift this years Africa Cup of Nations trophy and prove their critics wrong.
Saying he was looking beyond Saturday’s quarter final duel with the Black Stars of Ghana, Antunes said his players are fully charged up and have vowed to give their country a perfect gift to celebrate this new year.
The tiny island nation of just of about 500,000 inhabitants face giants four time champions Ghana in their quarter-final in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, and Antunes believes they have proved their worth after finishing second in Group A, behind hosts South Africa only on goal difference.
-There is a big difference between before the tournament and now,”
Antunes said on Friday.
-Initially we were very confident, but now more. We are now more confident and stronger as well. We think we are going to the final.
-Zambia won the last tournament because they were the strongest. We are going to win the tournament, that’s why we are here.”
The coach believed the hard work his team had put in had paid off during the group stages, and would continue to yield results.
-Our team is very serious. We have been working a lot for this tournament.
-We know ourselves and we’re ready for any of teams in this tournament. We very confident and we’re here to win. He remarked.