“We are focused on the game against Tunisia for now” – these were the words of head coach of Cape Verde, Rui Aguas ahead of their Group B opening clash with the Blue Sharks on Sunday in Ebebiyin.
Speaking at a press conference on the eve of the encounter at the Estadio de Ebebiyin, he said his team’s focus remains on the opener since the outcome will be crucial to their chances at the competition.
“We are focused on the game against Tunisia for now. We have been telling the players the first match is always important and decisive,” the 54-year old trainer said.
Aguas, an ex-Portugal international added the players have been working towards the game and are looking forward to it.
“We know each other and are like a family. We are really looking forward to do well and go as far as we can.
“We have our ambition. All the 16 teams at this tournament want to shine and we will try to do our best.”
After leaving a lasting mark on their maiden appearance at the biennial event at the 2013 edition in South Africa where they reached the quarters, and narrowly missing out qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, expectations are high of the Blue Sharks, also the first team to qualify for the final tournament.
“Since 2013, we did well and were in the quarter-finals and almost reach the World Cup, everybody will be asking a lot from our team. We will try to meet the expectation of our supporters,”