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Antunes: Confident

Antunes: Confident

Cape Verde will be hoping to extend their debut showing at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with a win over of the tournament favourites Ghana when the two sides clash in the first quarter-final at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.

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Confident Blue Sharks coach Lucio Antunes feels his side can go all the way in the continental showpiece after coming through a tough Group A containing South Africa, Morocco and Angola.

Ahead of the last-eight match he said: "There is a big difference between before the tournament and now.

"Initially we were very confident, but now more. We are now more confident and stronger as well. We think we are going to the final.

"Zambia won the last tournament because they were the strongest. We are going to win the tournament, that's why we are here."

Black Stars head coach James Kwesi Appiah, meanwhile, says he would have preferred to have faced the Ivory Coast in the last eight and expects a tough games against the tournament debutants.

He added: "The Cape Verde team has nothing to lose and so there will not be much pressure on them.

"Playing against such a team is very difficult and so we need to prepare ourselves very well to face them. So personally, if I could change things around, I would prefer to meet the Ivory Coast in the quarterfinal instead of Cape Verde."

Ghana were boosted by the return of Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, Mubarak Wakaso and Anthony Annan to training this week, while Cape Verde have reported no injuries ahead of the knock-out tie.

Posted: 01/02/13 11:25

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