Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes to spend time learning from Jose Mourinho
Posted: 27 November 2012 Time: 12:09
Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes is to get some 'special' preparation for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations when he spends six days with Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho next week.
Antunes has accepted an invitation from Mourinho to travel to Madrid from December 3-9 and get some insight into his coaching methods ahead of Cape Verde’s Nations Cup opener against Bafana Bafana on January 19.
Mourinho is reportedly a friend of the president of the Cape Verde islands, Jose Carlos Fonseca, and has taken a special interest in the footballing fortunes of the tiny African nation.
He made a personal congratulatory phone call to Antunes after he guided Cape Verde to their first ever Nations Cup finals appearance and has now gone a step further to offer his assistance and give some private tuition to the coach.
"It is a great satisfaction that the best coach in the world, 'the Special One' has an interest in a small team like ours,” Antunes says. “We are looking forward to our time in Madrid. It's a great feeling."
Aside from South Africa, Cape Verde will also take on Morocco and Angola in Group A at the Nations Cup.