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Lúcio Antunes says Cape Verde are underdogs against Bafana

Posted: 17 January 2013 Time: 14:23

Cape Verde coach Lúcio Antunes says all the pressure is on Bafana Bafana ahead of their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Group A opener at Soccer City on Saturday.

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Despite the fact that the islanders are the highest positioned side in Group A on the FIFA World Rankings, ahead also of Morocco and Angola, expectations are low for the tournament debutantes … certainly outside of their own country.

And they have shown no sign of pressure or nerves, in stark contrast to Bafana in recent weeks.

“The pressure will be on South Africa,” Antunes told reporters. “We are here, we are happy to be here. There is no pressure to play good football. We qualified for this tournament; that is a big deal for our country.

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“It’s totally different for Bafana Bafana because of they are the hosting country and the fans will put pressure on them. They are a big team, there are expectations on them.

“We have worked very hard to be here. We don’t have any top players in our team, we play as a team. We work hard, the players are determined to write history.

“My advice to them is to keep working like that because when you succeed for the first time the people will be waiting for more success, but honestly success only comes from hard work,” Antunes says.

The coach caused some grumpiness in the Bafana camp a few weeks ago when he was quoted as saying the South Africans were a “weak” side, comments that Igesund called “immature” if true.

There is certainly a feeling that the Cape Verdians will have nothing to lose though, a point also made by skipper Nando.

“We are here to enjoy ourselves and learn. We want to enjoy every minute of this tournament. The spirit is very high and all the players are close to each other. We are working as one family,” he says.

Article by: Mzansi Football

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 02:27 pm
Phefeni Box and Foolosopher dont ever try to stone the CV bus like you did to Zambia this time you will be moered
posted: 02:29 pm
This time around i am asking SAFA to read the rules well unless Khune will go on a Hlokoloza drive after the 3rd game only to find out they do not qualify to go through
kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK
posted: 02:30 pm
this kwerekwere ke lerete,why are you doing in our country you fool
Gucci Man
posted: 02:31 pm
@ The Phefeni Boy and Feelosopher ...........iyan'ncanywa le-outie/Queen
Do you guys do ama-chocolate box ? ha ha ha ha ha

Intshebe phezu kwentshebe....ha ha ha ha ha
kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK
posted: 02:34 pm
what are you up to mate,how on earth will bafana lose to them bunch of losers like cape Verde,we have beaten the best teams in the world(France, Brazil,ivory coast, Cameroon, Zambia, mexico and many)get life
posted: 02:37 pm
MAMINZELAposted: 02:26 pm | Report ALL the BEST Cape Verde

ALL the WORST Bafana Bafana
Cha wena uyisilima ikhanda lonke.
I'm yet to see a constructive comment from you which shows your football knowledge. You are always on a negative side.

Bafana will win the first game with ease and yes you can mark my words.
kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK
posted: 02:38 pm
Gucci man
if you are up to the task mate with the lingo,you will realize that there was an error but any way i am not bothered you have got my point(why)what are you doing in our country you fool
posted: 02:40 pm
Gucci Man
@ The Phefeni Boy and Feelosopher ...........iyan'ncanywa le-outie/Queen
Do you guys do ama-chocolate box ? ha ha ha ha ha

Intshebe phezu kwentshebe....ha ha ha ha ha
Kwaaaaaaaa.. And I thought I was the only one seeing this.. He baba, my screen is almost peeling off from reading this... *Dear Dolly my 2 crushes just stoned Mzambiya's bus.. Please tell me how to make them know how I really feel about them..*
Champ-Potsiso KC
posted: 02:41 pm
This maminzela thing should just be ignored. If she need attention, let her fellow ratties give it 2 it.
posted: 02:42 pm
Phefeni Box and Foolosopher dont ever try to stone the CV bus like you did to Zambia this time you will be moered
posted: 02:48 pm
You have nothing to worry about Coach, it is going to be a walk in the park for Verde. Just target that central defense and twin 6 and you have your work all cut out for you. Don't worry about your defence, bafunny is toothless upfront
Filaz Roger Feutmba...Sandawana
posted: 03:06 pm
Mncim, Bafana will moer this team mani...
Sebastian Veron
posted: 03:10 pm
possible Bafana XI: Khune, Ngcongca, Sangweni, Khumalo, Matlaba, Phala, Furman, Letsholonyane, Tshabalala,Serero, Mphela,

all the best gents!!!!
posted: 03:21 pm
Bafunny be careful or you will be in for a rude awakening...dis CV team will be dangerous on saturday and how on earth a tiny island team like CV can have more plying their trade in europe dan african super country? me thinks dat in SA we celebrate mediocre too much and player of SA are always forced to go for trials in lower division leagus which dey fail dismally!!! The sooner RSA start believing their African Super Country the better. We have had enough of playing 2nd fiddle to these minnows in africa, i say SAFA need overhaul changes starting with nemathandani....please Bafunny take a look at your fellow countrymen with regard to The Proteas and Springboks, those boys dont play they wallop these other countries both HOME and AWAY! please take a leaf from them and put it into good use, we are sick and tired man. As for GI stop lying to yourself and the country!!!
Donald Duck
posted: 03:23 pm
posted: 02:26 pm | Report
ALL the BEST Cape Verde

ALL the WORST Bafana Bafana
it's sad to be you..
posted: 03:24 pm
i don't think,we need fans who are very unsupportive especial when its comes to your like it or not ,south africa is your country.if we as the country can not unite,wht will happen with bafana bafana.stop it guys,especially you maminzela
posted: 03:27 pm
Soweto Giant
posted: 04:04 pm
@MAMINZELA ignore these kaizer insects and write what u like. These bloody monkeys always post twak here and no one is telling them to fuckoff.

Bhakaniya rekaofela.
mavisto Downs
posted: 04:05 pm
Ja GI made some errors on his selection Tshabalala, Khumalo, Chabangu and left Teko and Jali. But i'll support Bafana and am hoping and praying that we win. 1998 we complained when Jomo left Doctor Khumalo and we lost in the finals against Egypt, but i still believe if Jomo selected him we could have won that final. I know lot of people believe Teko brings bad luck but i say pirates couple of years before Teko joined them they won no cups, was it Teko's fault? Even with supper sport they had not won any cups before he arrived, was it his fault? Sundown last won a cup 2008 nedbank and Teko only arrived second half season of 2010-2011, two n half season we won no cups and he was not with us. Teko make the whole team play, i can imagine you combine Yeye, Teko and Jali in our central mid
AlQaeda 2012/13 PSL Champ
posted: 04:06 pm
I Like it for Bafana......that's why I support Kaizer Chiefs!!!! Nobody said it's going to be easy...there shall be dark days and lovely sunny days. I am like a bird on tree branch being swung sideways-up and down by the wind, whatever the situation may be; the talons of my feet shall remained impaled on that wood. From Zama-zama to the League Champions, From Wasua Ipayi to Collins Mbesuma, From the Losers to winners, my feet remained onto that branch.....Similarly, I am the Soldier whose alligience remains with Feet of Africa, from 4-0 in Mexico to Walloping Brazil 3-1 in 2000 Olympics.....Through Botha to Mandela, through Apartheid to Freedom I remained.....True and Loyal Citizen of this beautiful Country.

I am a South African and we shall conqour
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