Cape Verde storm quarters with late strike

Jan 27, 2013

Debutants Cape Verde booked a historic place at the quarters of the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations beating Angola 2-1 on Thursday in Port Elizabeth, far more than what the Islanders had set to achieve.

“Our objective has been accomplished," said a delighted Lucio Antunes , the Cape Verdean coach.

" We came here to win and did just that. We had a good game and the players showed determination throughout the game. I’m very happy for my players and they deserve the victory.”

An improved second half performance from the Blue Sharks saw them come from behind to stun Angola in their final Group A match amidst drama. Midfielder Ramos Heldon scored the winner at the death after Varela Fernando had cancelled Danny Massunguna’s first half opener for Angola.

The debutants never looked back and pushed on till they got the equalizer and eventually the winner in a match of equals.

The first ever meeting between two Portuguese in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations got off to a good start with Cape Verde having a first chance at goal.

The Palancas Negras pressed on and were dangerous with the set pieces due to the aerial advantage of Manucho.

On 33 minutes, Angola went up through Danny following a one-two with Djalma before his cross was diverted in by Cape Verde goalie Dias Josimar.

The Palancas Negras held on to the lead but it was Cape Verde who resumed strongly in their quest to draw parity.

After several unsuccessful attempts at goal, Cape Verde got the equalizer nine minutes from time through Varela against the run of play.

The Islander kept pressuring and it was only a matter of time that the opener would come. It did come at the death through Heldon, who slammed in a rebound after Lama spilled Julio Tavares effort unto his path.

South Africa advance after thrilling encounter with Morocco 

At the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban,South Africa twice came from behind – and both moments were spectacular. 

South African defender Siyabonga Sangweni scored with three minutes to go to equal the scores. This is after, Morocco’s Abdelilah Hafid had scored with eight minutes remaining to put the score at 2-1.

Morocco will feel they had the driver’s seat on the night. The South Africans were made to dig deep by a disciplined Morocco last line of defence.  It took 70 minutes for that special moment to arrive.

With South Africa trailing, May Mahlangu delivered an art of individual brilliance when he curled the ball to the top left corner on the 70th minute to beat Nadir Lamyaghri.

It took just over nine minutes for Morocco to open their credit when Issam El Adoua capitalised from a defence slip-up to give the North Africans the lead. 

From the minute they conceded their first goal, South Africa looked flat-footed at the back and, when Morocco attacked with pace, they were exposed and caught wanting.