Cape Verde wary of talented Angola

 / 26 Jan '13

Port Elizabeth – Africa Cup of Nations debutants Cape Verde hope to beat Angola here Sunday and qualify for the quarter-finals.

Cape Verde are tied on two points with Morocco in Group A and a victory against fellow Portuguese-speaking nation Angola could catapult them to the last eight of this competition at the first attempt.

Cape Verde players celebrate after their goal against Morocco. Credit: AP

“This game is crucial for the two teams as victory could take us through to the quarter-finals,” said Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes at an eve-of-match press briefing.

“We will do our best to win the game, which will be difficult against a good Angola team who parade some talented players who can create trouble for us.”

The Blue Sharks from a group of 10 islands off the west African coast have already caused a stir by eliminating four-time champions Cameroon in a qualifier.

They held hosts South Africa 0-0 in the opening game of the competition last weekend and drew 1-1 with former champions Morocco in their second group outing.

Lille striker Ryan Mendes and midfielder Platini from Portuguese club Santa Clara have caught the eye with top-class individual displays. – Sapa-AFP

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