Archives

Cape Verde coach says Ghana are favoured by authorities at AFCON

Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes has implied that Ghana was favoured by the authorities over his side because they want a big name to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes has implied that Ghana was favoured by the authorities

Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes has implied that Ghana was favoured by the authorities over his side because they want a big name to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Black Stars eliminated the Blue Sharks in the quarter-final of the tournament with a hard-fought 2-0 win in Port Elizabeth on Saturday in their debut appearance in the tournament.

Cape Verde, a country with a population of 500,000, were regarded as the underdogs for the match.

Yet they dominated most of the second half and felt undone by a penalty call for Ghana after an unfair shoulder charge on Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan as they challenged for the ball.

Antunes, a close friend of Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, summed up the match in a manner not unfamiliar to the outspoken Portuguese.

“We have watched a beautiful game of football but the best team lost. The best team in the competition is now going home so the tournament will lose a little of its shine,” said the Cape Verde coach.

“But I congratulate Ghana. Although we were the better team they got the goals so it was a fair result.

“And really, who would want to see a semi-final between Togo or Burkina Faso and Cape Verde? There would be 200 people there.

“The tournament needs big teams like Ghana at the end,” added Antunes.

Ghana will play Burkina Faso in the semi-final of Africa’s top-flight football competition on Wednesday.

Antunes will now return to his day job as an air traffic controller.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. manny says:

    So what are you saying if the tourney needs big teams like Ghana?????

    • Africanus says:

      This coach has lost the very essence of the nature of football. The best team is never the one that plays beautiful football. The best team has always been and will continue to be the one that scores and defend well. If your team went into the game to entertain but not to score and defend well, that is your problem.

      • bowa says:

        are you serious? we ( capeverde) dominated the game, from 1st to 2nd half. You did not defend well, did not shield the ball, and outplayed by the underdog… i love the ghana national team. really do, but we outplayed you guys just like you outplayed the uruguai team during the worlcup… it’s football

  2. lalasu says:

    coach l have a lot of respect for u, but for this one l dont agree with u. u cant say u are the best team when u dominated play n u couldnt score a goal.look at the numerous free kicks that were awarded to u, u couldnt utilize any of them, yet u call urselves the best. barcelona was thought to be the best, but they were beaten by chelsea. cos of that, do u still call barca the best? u did well anyway, but u were not the best. the best team is the one that uses every opportunity to score goals n not the one that dominates play n cant score goals.

  3. Troy says:

    I think Jose Mourinhno didn’t help him this time lol. Indeed u are a friend Mourinhno SOUR Looser.

  4. vs says:

    he is just like his friend they both don’t know how to be honorable in defeat

  5. papa says:

    THE BEST TEAM WENT HOME? WHO TOLD U TO CAMP 11 MEN IN UR HALF FOR 45 MINS? ANNOYING FOOL. IF U WERE SO GOOD U SHOULD HAVE COME OUT TO PLAY AND WE WOULD HAVE SEEN WHO THE BEST TEAM IS. YOU HAD SO MANY SET PIECES WITH USELESS FOULS CALLED BY THE REF IN UR FAVOUR. STOP MOANING AND TAKE UR SORRY BACKSIDE HOME

  6. Viper says:

    And this is what am talking about,if Ghana had gone into the game,dominated and thrashed them,he wouldn’t be here talking nonsense.Ghana has been to 4 consecutive AFCON semi-finals and almost made it to the semi-finals of the world cup and a team thats making their first appearance at the AFCON thinks they are better than us because we played scared against them.What nonsense.

  7. ERIC ABBAN says:

    GO N CONTINUE YOUR JOB N PREPARE YOUR TEAM VERY WELL FOR 2015N STOP NATURALISING THE PORTOGUES TO PLAY FOR YOUR COUNTRY.

  8. Oboy says:

    Did u score a goal or got a penalty dat was disallowed? Mr Coach, u win no trophy by playing beautiful football…u’ve got to score goals, especially against BIG TEAMS LIKE GHANA. So with all respect PLEASE SHUT UP!!!

    • Randy says:

      You can say that again. I don’t understand his problem, they couldn’t score one single goal but blaming the referee for their inexperience?
      He thought he could use Ghana to make a name in African football but we are more smarter than them.
      Very funny coach, even your master Jose Mourinho respects Ghana football and Ghana players.

  9. Dr Who says:

    This coach is a twerp! Didnt Ghana beat him in a friendly a couple of months ago? He is a foolish coach to have allowed Wakaso to have scored all the goals in both matches.it least he should have noted him and marked him the second time.

  10. PITO says:

    what an idiot. I used to like this coach but he is proving to be a twerp. Your defender shoulder charge a player who is a step ahead of him in the penalty box and u want it to be overlooked by the ref?
    AND did Jose mourinho tell you to be defensive and waste time right from start of a game and come out to play like a headless chicken after you are a goal down? oh ho!

  11. Chu says:

    Cape Verde hired dejected french and Portuguese which is not fair. Use native guys and you wouldn’t have even qualified. Cheats

  12. ns3mfonahinamomayenkawate says:

    No sir. Ur team was nt d best. D best team is d 1 which wins a match even when it fails to glitter… period.

  13. zambia is our toilet hole says:

    ALL ZAMBIANS HERE READ THIS AGAIN.I WARNED THIS COACH BY THE SHORT PIECE BELOW WHEN HE SAID CAPE VERDE WAS GOING TO WIN THE AFCON BEFORE THEY PLAYED GHANA.I WARNED HIM TO BE CAREFUL SO THAT HE DOESN’T CRY.

    February 1, 2013 at 11:17 am
    THIS REMINDS ME OF A MAN WHO TRAVELED FROM THE VILLAGE TO THE CITY TO BUY A BRAND NEW CAR FOR TRANSPORTATION BUSINESS.
    THE MAN HAD TO HIRE A DRIVER TO DRIVE HIM BACK TO HIS VILLAGE SINCE HE DIDN’T KNOW DRIVING.A KILOMETER AFTER THEY TOOK OFF,THE CAR OWNER INSTRUCTED THE DRIVER TO PACK BESIDE THE ROAD AND WAIT THAT HE WILL GET A SACHET OF ICE WATER FORGETTING THAT ALL PAPERS CONCERNING THE PURCHASED CAR ARE TIGHT INSIDE THE FRONT LOCKER WHILE THE CAR REMAINED UNREGISTERED .WHEN THE SAID CAR OWNER CAME BACK TO THE SPOT AFTER SUCCESSFULLY BUYING HIS ICE WATER,HE COULDN’T BELIEVE HIS EYES THAT HIS WHITE COLOR TOYOTA HIACE VAN’S POSITION WAS OCCUPIED BY A BLACK COLOR BENZE BUS.THE MAN IMMEDIATELY WASHED HIS FACE THREE TIMES WITH THE WATER HE HAD JUST BOUGHT JUST TO MAKE SURE THERE WASN’T ANYTHING WRONG WITH HIS SIGHT.AFTER ALMOST ALL THE PEOPLE AROUND TOLD HIM THAT THE SAID TOYOTA HIACE HAS SINCE SPED OFF,HE QUICKLY ASKED?
    ”IS IT POSSIBLE TO CRY HERE?”
    ”NO,NO ONE IS SUPPOSE TO CRY HERE!
    HE CONTINUED….”WHAT ABOUT SAYING I AM IN DEEP SHIT?”
    THE CROWD ANSWERED…..
    ”OH THAT IS POSSIBLE TO SAY HERE BUT BE CAREFUL THAT YOU DON’T CRY IN THE PROCESS .
    THE CHEATED CAR PURCHASER IN A PALE TONE RETORTED ”
    ”I AM IN DEEP SHIT ”WITH HIS EYES FULL OF ANGUISH.
    THAT IS FAIRY TALE TO CAPE VERDE’S COACH.

  14. selfmade says:

    Well said coach because right from the onset,our coach was really scared of u and because of his cowardiness,the players also get scared!! How can a coach about to play a debutant team which we have already beaten some few months ago be so scared and then says he prefers i coast to cape verde!!! I have heard a lot of saying cape verde was an unknown package and i get mad n surprised because we play them a month prior to this tournament so why so they be a new package to us!!! Is very simple,our players are simply not man enough and have no fucking balls between their fucking thighs because for me cape verde is a very poor team but we made them like superior!!! How can a player who plays day in and out in serie A,champions league etc fizzled out like a fucking bitch against a poor team like cape verde!!! Since the beginning of this tournament,John boye is all jittery and full of unnecessary nerves against low quality opponent’s and am just wondering how he ll fared against better opposition…this Ghana team is very very sick and even if we win this afcon,it ll be thru luck and not by any extta o performances!!! Infact,our play fucking sucks big time!!! Viva the revolutioncioooollll!!!

    • luis says:

      obviously you have no clue or knowledge of the game.. listen i know you guys are known for chasing wild animals but we’re talking about quality footbal here ok.. i love the ghana national team… .my favorite african team until this tournament in which CV dominated every game they played.. you can call them every name on the book, but the respect has been planted in your soil…. btw last game they played prior to this tournament, you won 1-0…..nothing fancy… but then again you all are mad.

  15. Djeniko says:

    I agree partially with d cape verde coach that CAF want a big team in d confederation cup. Zambia is an example. They won d 2012 edition of afcon and so should rightly rep africa. Fifa want Zambia to rep africa becoz all d other continental reps are 2012 winners. Caf want d winner of 2013 edition to rep africa. Fifa does not want to impose. Can caf do that to Iv Coast if they had won d 2012 edition? The best Caf should do now so it looks like justice is to allow Zambia to play d winner of 2013 edition. Caf ll not agree to do that. As it stands caf ll make sure Nig or Ghana (big teams) play d finals unless B.faso and Mali wins very clearly. I’m a Nig but what caf is doing is unfair. That is d cape verdein coach complaint. Meanwhile as much as C.verde are good, they should not just assume that they would have won d cup. Can they beat Nig, B.faso and Mali? I doubt it very much and d defeat by Ghana proves me right. They did not even drag d game into penalty shootout so we can say ill fortune. But d coach can be 4given.

  16. EA1us says:

    @ selfmade, you are absolutely right. It’s pitiful and dispicable for a GHANA coach including its team to act ao coward to Cape Verd. Cape who??? Mr. Akwasi Appiah knock it off.

  17. SNOW DEMON says:

    SELFMADE WOULD BE EATING SOME PIE OF HUMILIATION 7 FROM THIS TIME

  18. zambia is our toilet hole says:

    WE SHALL RESPECT ALL TEAMS TILL WE WIN THE CUP.WHEN THE SERBIAN COACH CAME IN WITH CONFIDENCE OF WINNING TROPHIES UNDERRATING ALL TEAMS,WHAT HAPPENED?CHAOS ,COMPLETE CHAOS .
    APPIAH,WE ALL SUPPORT YOU.BEAUTIFUL GAME OR NOT,WHAT MATTERS IS THE WIN.NO ONE WILL ASK ABOUT WHICH COUNTRY PLAYED THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GAME AT THE END OF THE TOURNAMENT BUT THE CHAMPIONS OF AFRICA IS WHAT THEY WILL ASK.THE BLACK STARS CAN PLAY LIKE JSS PUPILS AS LONG AS THEY CAN WIN THE GAMES.APPIAH JUST DO WHAT CAN MAKE YOU WIN THE CUP AND NOTHING ELSE AND LO,I AM WITH YOU TILL THE END.

  19. wambachi says:

    stupid “Zambia is our toilet hole, or whatever u call urself,” u uncircumcised chap!