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Cape Verde Boss On Possible Bafana Clash: We Are One Step Away


Cape Verde manager Pedro Brito is feeling confident in his team ahead of their AFCON quarter-final against either Morocco or South Africa.

Speaking ahead of a potential 2023 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final against Bafana Bafana, Cape Verde manager revealed his confidence going into their last-eight tie this coming weekend.

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The West African booked their place in the next round of the competition on Monday night following a 1-0 win over Mauritania in the round of 16.

A late penalty scored by experienced international Ryan Mendes cemented Cape Verde’s spot among the final eight, where they will meet the winner between South Africa and Morocco this coming Saturday.

Reacting to his team’s progression, manager Pedro Brito believes his side are confident they can reach the last four.

“We are proud of everything we have done up to now. We always tried to win the game and we thoroughly deserved the victory,” he said, according to NDTV Sports.

“We have our objective, which from day one has been to get to the semi-finals.

“We are one step away from that now and we are going to keep going, while obviously staying humble and respecting our opponents, but we believe.

“That is our focus and we are going to try and get there.”

Cape Verde enjoyed 70% possession in their victory over Mauritania at Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny, and managed 11 more shots than their opponents.

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Bafana, meanwhile, will go up against the Atlas Lions in the Ivory Coast on Tuesday night at 22:00 South African time. 

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