Cape Verde Coach

AFCON 2021: “We Will Capitalize On Lions’ Weaknesses To Win”-Pedro Brito

By Etienne Mainimo

Cape Verde Cameroon is the last group A game to be played at the Olembe Stadium on January 17, 2022. Cape Verde deptuty coach Leitao Pedro Brito is upbeat they would capitalize on the few faults of Lions to win the game and qualify for the next stage.

“We are an organise compact team and ready for the game. We should equally display a good altitude in the pitch to be able to make a difference when the need arises. It is true that the weaknesses of our opponent are not many but we capitalized on them and do all to win the game.”, the coach stated.

We are going to play each game as they come but what is important is that we have to be consistent and offensive given that Cameroon has players that can make a difference. We should either grab a victory or a draw., he added.

Cape Verde would be meeting Cameroon without a player who tested positive for Covid-19.

Right from their preparatory matches right up to this moment, Cape Verde has bee training with less than 15 players, Brito said.

“Since we came here, we don’t have the opportunity to do our job well. We play under difficult moments due to covid and also had difficulties to deploy our strategy.”

Like Cameroon, Cape Verde came to the competition without friendly matches and the ones we programmed didn’t take place and that was going to boast our preparations, Brito concluded.

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AFCON 2021: We Are Preparing To Give Our Best Shot – Cape Verde Coach


By Etienne Mainimo


Less than 24 hours to the start of the Cameroon 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON,  the assistant coach of Cape Verde, Humberto Bettencourt says they are preparing to give their best shot when they take on Ethiopia in their first game. 


Humberto Bettencourt was speaking hours to their first match programed for January 9 at the Olembe stadium in Yaounde. 


“We are preparing to give our best shot tomorrow. We trust all our players and those selected will help to implement what we have put in place,” the coach said.


“We will do everything to look good and win this game. It is true that we are in the same group with hosts Cameroon, one of the great teams on the continent, but we are concentrating on our first opponent before thinking about the other matches,” he added.


To him, “We have all necessary information concerning our opponent and it has help prepares well. What is important is that we have nothing but our skills and objective. We are ready for the match.” 


According Cape Verde’s Defender, Dos Santos Tavares aka “Stopira”, “We are here in Cameroon to play good football, to have fun and to do our best to go as far as possible in the competition. We respect all our opponents the same way. We take our games one by one to achieve our goals.”


Cape Verde takes on Ethiopia in the second match of the 2021 AFCON. The 33rd edition taking place in Cameroon will see 24 nations participating. Cameroon host country will take on Burkina Faso in the first game. The victor will replace Algeria, host of the 2019 edition.