Football: Cape Verde will win Africa Cup, says Antunes

Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes said Friday that his team are on course to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Blue Sharks have been the biggest revelation of this competition as they advanced to the knockout stage at the first attempt and face Ghana here Saturday in the quarter-finals.

And Antunes says his team are on track to achieve even more in South Africa.

"We're going to the final. We're going to win this tournament. We're now more confident than before," said the Cape Verde handler.

Antunes has been congratulated by Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, who invited the Cape Verdean to spend one week with him in Spain ahead of the Cup of Nations.

"Last year, Zambia were the best team and they won. They are now out and Cape Verde are still in and getting stronger and stronger."

Cape Verde skipper Nando added: "We're here to carry on. We're here to stay. We have already eliminated two teams who were rated better than us and we still wish to cause surprises."

Antunes praised Ghana, four time champions and one of the tournament favourites.

"Ghana are a very strong, organised team and very well managed by Kwesi Appiah. We played them in November in Lisbon and we lost 1-0.

"However, we're now on the same level (as Ghana)," said Antunes.