The president of Cape Verde football federation, Mario Semedo has dismissed the notion that Cameroon is still a big name. Thus he contends that they will beat the Indomitable Lions and qualify for the first time in their history for the Nations Cup.
“We have chances to participate in the AFCON for our first time despite Cameroon’s football’s history and its internationally renowned football squad. We have chances of winning Cameroon because it is no longer a great team as it was in the past,” Semedo boasted
while, the Indomitable Lions coach, Denis Lavagne has vouched that his focus is to qualify the team. Even though Cameroon gained five places on FIFA ranking, being ranked 59th in the world, Lavagne deems that fact as irrelevant. He insisted that what is more important is to win matches and competitions.
Cameroon and Cape Verde clash in away and return legs; the away match will take place in Praia, Cape Verde with the return match win Yaounde.
Both sides have previously met twice with the Lions having an upper hand. However the Blue Sharks’ recent performances have been impressive, making them a force to reckon with. In the second round of the eliminations, Cape Verde beat Madagascar 7-0 on aggregate, meanwhile Cameroon managed a 3-1 aggregate win over little known Guinea Bissau.
Cameroon appears a better team on paper, but Cape Verde has a much rejuvenated side, with the coming of Portuguese coach in 2010.