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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.

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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.

Article by: Mzansi Football

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 12:15 pm
so what?
Iscefe esimnandi
posted: 12:21 pm
wena gogo wami, cant you simple acknowledge that the cape verde coach will gain some valuable experience ,technique and confidence ahead of the africa cup of nations.Sometimes lets not despise just for the sake of.
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 12:23 pm
Mean while Gordon Igesend will have a cup of tea with Bafana Bafana's special projects manager, inyanga uMadela.
posted: 12:24 pm
This is an indication of how serious Cape verde is , when coming to this tournament......bafana needs to prepare well otherwise I foresee trouble
Budda Sparxxx (the truth sayer)
posted: 12:51 pm
You dont need Mourinho to beat Bafana bafana. The Cape Verde coach will use the "knowlwdge" gained from the special one to plan for the Angola & Morocco games.....
posted: 12:52 pm
GI will embarras us if he still think he is clever than any1 in the country n overlook pitso and other psl coaches who are willing to help him just like mr chef baxter declares to help him, kompela, hunt endless list. Have a nice cup of coffee with your GI 11
posted: 01:24 pm
say it loud Gogowami!!!!!!!! SO WHAT?
posted: 01:25 pm
This is capcity building, very important, psl coaches should folow the suit,
The Analyst
posted: 01:51 pm
As BB stands now I can honestly say that I do not expect us to win that opening match. So unless GI does something NOW and start taking the upcoming friendlies seriously- come next year we will probably be knocked out in the group stages.
posted: 01:52 pm
who cares?????
9000 Seconds (Precision Engineering)
posted: 02:11 pm
Bring it on Cape Verde... GI and company will be waiting. As Feelo wud say, Akunabantu la.
The Analyst
posted: 02:26 pm
Well I for one do care. I don't want to be ashamed for supporting my country, and I want BB to at least taste some victory. So GI needs to pull up his, but then again, most if not all of his strike force is out.
Mr Sports Man
posted: 03:03 pm
Better way of preparation

JM is nice guy, and a great and successful manager in the morden game
posted: 08:30 am
That's so generous of "the special one" to offer his help and knowledge to the Cape Verde team, they really mean business and it surely shows that they wont allow Bafana to bulldoze them in the opening match, too bad Cape Verde has lost some of their best players to European nations, the like of Nani....all the best and learn a lot @ Madrid
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