(Sporting Alert) — Cape Verde Islands have defied the odds to remain on course to qualify for the quarterfinal of the Africa Cup of Nations and will do so with a win over Angola on Sunday.
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Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Coverage: Live TV coverage on Eurosport and ITV
Date: Sunday 27 January Kick-off: 12:00 ET
Cape Verde battled to a 1-1 draw with Morocco in their last outing to add to the point they picked up against South Africa and head coach Lucio Antunes sees this one a huge game for the debutantes.
“This game is crucial for the two teams as victory could take us through to the quarter-finals,” Antunes said.
“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.”
Cape Verde sits second in Group A behind group leaders South Africa thanks to Ryan Mendes and Platini and captain Nando is hoping to the team will continue to prove the predictions wrong.
The skipper said: “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 quarter-finals, the next stage.”
Angola, meanwhile, sit at the bottom of the group standings with just one point after losing 2-0 to South Africa and playing to a goalless draw with Morocco in their two games.
A win is a must for them today and the team knows it.
“It is not over for us in this tournament. We still have another match, said Angola coach Gustavo Ferrin.
He added: “Anything can happen there. We have to monitor other results in the group and take it from there.
“We lost against South Africa and that didn’t help us.”
Cape Verde Islands: Vozinha, Varela, Tony, Nando, Gege, Carlitos, Babanco, Platini, Marco Soares, Tavares, Ryan Mendes. Subs: Fredson, Stenio, Guy Ramos, Ze Luis, Nhuck, Josimar, Rony, Nivaldo, Pecks, Djaniny, David Silva, Rilly.
Angola: Lama, Airosa, Dany Massunguna, Bastos, Amaro, Djalma, Manucho Dias, Gilberto, Pirolito, Manucho, Mateus. Subs: Landu, Lunguinha, Fabricio, Dede, Zuela, Miguel, Geraldo, Yano, Mingo Bile, Manuel, Guilherme, Neblu.
Referee: Slim Jedidi (Tunisia)
Carlitos is cousin of Manchester United and Portugal winger Nani, who was born in Cape Verde.