Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Afcon

Lucio Antunes © Backpagepix

We respect Bafana - Cape Verde



Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes says he and his side “have a great deal of respect for South Africa” ahead of the opening match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Blue Sharks, who will be making their first appearance at an AFCON tournament, take on host team Bafana Bafana at the National Stadium in Soweto on Saturday evening.

Antunes has been the mastermind behind Cape Verde’s rise to prominence in African football, culminating in their stunning 3-2 aggregate victory over heavyweights Cameroon in the final round of qualifying for AFCON 2013.

The former air traffic controller, who had a week’s internship with Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho last month in preparation for the tournament, told Fifa.com that just reaching the AFCON finals is a major feat.

He also underlined his respect for the challenge of playing in the opening game, which will see a sold-out Soccer City well and truly behind Bafana Bafana.

“Just being part of the tournament is already a great achievement for us,” said Antunes.

“Participating in the opening game, with all the media exposure that this entails, is a privilege – albeit one that requires us to be up to the occasion.

“We have a great deal of respect for South Africa, who will be playing at home in front of more than 80 000 fans, but we’ll represent our country with pride.”

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Football's Greatest - Kenny Dalglish
Weightlifting - Women's +75kg Group A
Hockey - Women: India v South Africa
Table Tennis - Prelims Day 7 Session 1

Sports Talk



Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Football arms race
Those of us old enough to remember the arms race and the cold war years can’t help but feel the...

Dr Errol Sweeney
World Cup refs return home 'battered and bruised'
The World Cup is over for another four years and already the post mortem has started into some...

Sunday Oliseh
What Germany did to become champs
The 2002 Japan and South Korea World Cup saw the Germans lose in the Finals to Brazil, thanks to...

Collins Okinyo
Amrouche is his own worst enemy
Thunder has struck twice with news of Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche being slapped with a...

Claudia Ekai
Save our Stars
First and foremost, it is not all over for Harambee Stars in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations...

Carol Radull
The Harambee Stars' secrets
A week ago Kenya’s Harambee Stars hosted Burundi in our first international friendly this year. I...