Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Afcon

Cape Verde © Backpagepix

Cape Verde seek first win, last-8 place



Fairy-tale islanders Cape Verde will gun for their first win at the Africa Cup of Nations when they face Angola in a decisive Group A tie on Sunday.

Cape Verde have been best known as the team who eliminated mighty Cameroon from this year's tournament, but they have shown after two draws in South Africa that they deserve to be taken more seriously.

They cancelled out hosts South Africa in the opening match of the competition before a sell-out crowd at Soccer City in Soweto.

And then they were coasting to their first win of the tournament on Wednesday before Morocco pegged them back with a second-half equaliser.

Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes has lauded his debutants, while fixing his sights on a place in the knockout stage as they are tied with Morocco on two points in second place in Group A.

South Africa have four points and Angola just one.

"We are getting better, now we have to get the points to try and stay in the top two and get to the quarterfinals," declared Antunes, a 46-year-old air traffic controller, who is on a three-year sabbatical.

"Regarding the next stage, our target is to improve the team. We will do our best to grow day by day."

Skipper and defender Nando said they will back themselves to go past the first round.

"For us, just to be here is an achievement. We're off to a good start and we now want to finish well.

"Finishing well means going to the quarterfinals, the next stage," said the widely-travelled 34-year-old defender, who plays in the French lower league.

Lille striker Ryan Mendes and Platini have caught the eye as the west African islanders have brought a whiff of fresh air to the competition.

Mendes, 22, may have yet to establish himself at his top-flight French club, but he has shone at his first Africa Cup, pulling the strings for the Blue Sharks from a deep-lying midfield role and creating Platini's well-taken goal against Morocco.

It was not surprising he was picked as the man of the match in the 1-1 draw with the Moroccan Atlas Lions.

Platini, who scooped the man of the match award for a top-class display in the opening match against the hosts, was a late replacement in the squad for injured Odair Fortes.

The Palancas Negras (Black Antelopes) of Angola are fighting with their backs to the wall after they fell 2-0 to an inspired South Africa on Wednesday in Durban.

However, the 2010 Cup of Nations hosts could still progress to the knockout stage with a win over a fellow Portuguese-speaking country.

Skipper Manucho has struggled to impress, but no one could question the huge talent of this former Manchester United striker, who has rediscovered his scoring touch with Spanish La Liga club Real Valladolid this season.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

La Liga World - Ep 1
Thu, 28 Aug @ 05:00
Sat, 30 Aug @ 01:00
Sat, 30 Aug @ 09:30

Sports Talk



Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Spurs will challenge for the title
It was in my room in Rustenburg, during the last Afcon, that I noticed the style that Mauricio...

John Dykes
United in condemnation
The British football press showed tremendous solidarity this week when they all leaped on the same...

Neil Tovey
Borrowing from best practice
The late Irish scribe and poet Oscar Wilde once famously opined that “youth is wasted on the...

Sunday Oliseh
Man U need more than an 'Angel'
Just two games into the English Premier League and Manchester United are five points (synonymous to...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Good signs for the Reds despite loss
A brace from Stevan Jovetic and a Sergio Aguero stunner ensured that Manchester City took all three...

Segun Odegbami
The Falcons - fulfilling Pele’s prophecy?
Did you watch the finals of the Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup last Sunday night?