CV coach to use only Portuguese
Cape Verde Islands coach Lucio Antunes says he will only address the media in Portuguese
Posted: 16 January 2013
Time: 11:47 am
Cape Verde Islands coach Lucio Antunes says he will only address the media in Portuguese ahead of his side's opening Africa Cup of Nations match against hosts South Africa.
Even though he speaks perfect English, the former air traffic controller insists that only his nation's first language will be used.
"The president of the [Cape Verde] republic told us before we left to go out there and speak our own language, which is Portuguese. We have to raise it to the same level as English and French,” Antunes said.
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The Blue Sharks mentor also initially refused to speak to the media after his team completed training in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, yesterday.
However, he soon backtracked on this and agreed to allow interviews before a training session planned for Dobsonville Stadium tonight.
Cape Verde take on Bafana Bafana at Soccer City on Saturday at 6pm.
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