Lucio Antunes sings to celebrate Cape Verde’s dramatic win in African Nations Cup
Lucio Antunes is probably the happiest coach at the African Nations Cup. The Cape Verde Islands coach was extremely exuberant after his sides pulsating 2-1 victory over Angola on Saturday.
The victory took Cape Verde into the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup, an achievement that caused Lucio Antunes to burst into a song in the middle of his post-match press conference.
The Cape Verde Islands coach Lucio Antunes stopped abruptly to break into a few lines from ‘The Biography of a Crioulo’, a Cape Verde song sung in Portuguese and about the joys of life.
“It is a traditional song. I dedicate it to all the people at home," Lucio Antunes said after his side came out as victors from Group A.
Lucio Antunes received a big hand of applause at the end of his performance. Apart from being known as a successful coach for the Cape Verde Islands, Lucio Antunes is known as the coach with a melodic voice.
Reaching the quarterfinals of the African Nations Cup on their debut appearance is a huge achievement from Cape Verde Islands. Lucio Antunes’ men scored twice within the last 15 minutes of the game to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Angola. Cape Verde Islands join hosts of the tournament South Africa in the quarterfinal stage of the tournament.
“We achieved our objective, we knew it was going to be difficult but we kept at it,” Lucio Antunes said. “We knew what was happening in the other match between South Africa and Morocco (a 2-2 draw) and that’s why I told the team to attack until the end and it paid off. It also started raining and that blessed our effort.”
After losing 2-0 to South Africa in the last game, Angola coach Gustavo Ferrin brought five changes to his squad. Gustavo Ferrin defended his choices and his decision to bring in attacking substitutions, even though Angola conceded the two goals in the later stages of the game.
“The only option for us was to attack and I did the right thing tactically, “Gustavo Ferrin said. “It was a very dramatic ending and I am very sorry we lost.
“We might not have gone through even if we had won tonight but we did not want to lose the game. The only thing I might have done deliberately was pick some taller players to deal with the Cape Verde big men at the set pieces.
“That’s how they were going to score their goals.”