Morocco coach:We are on the right track

Jan 20, 2013

Morocco coach, Rachid Taoussi said it was too early to tell which team will proceed beyond the group stages in Group A of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Morocco and Angola played to a goalless draw in the second Group A match at the National Stadium on Saturday following a similar score between hosts South Africa and AFCON debutants Cape Verde.

“All the teams have an equal chance of proceeding to the knockout stages of the competition, there are no favourites right now.Is that a positive thing? Well, all coaches would start to start with a win in a tournament to give yourself a bit of cushion, but when all teams play a draw, maybe a point is not a bad return,” Taoussi said.

He noted that it was their lack of finishing which often let them down.

“Although we were not able to score, we were on the attack. Angola is a good team with good strikers so we have to change our tactics a bit. I think we played well on attack, but we played against a good team.  We have to be clinical and take our chances but we didn’t punish our opponents,” Taoussi, who took charge of the team late last year added.

While they are in South Africa to mount a challenge for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Taoussi has put a lot of emphasis on developing his team.

“This team is still a young team with an average of 24 years, we are building. For the two upcoming matches, I believe we will be able to give more.”

Cape Verde coach: We believe

Buoyed by their first historic point in the Africa Cup of Nations, Cape Verde coach Lúcio Antunes said there is a strong belief amongst his team that they can proceed further in the tournament.

Cape Verde have seemingly drawn confidence from their goalless draw and, as they prepare for Morocco and Angola in the up-coming Group A matches, Antunes said they are ready to put a good show.

He insists that there are many lessons to be learned from their match against South Africa – a team he believes prepared them for the next few matches.

“There are a lot of positives from this game. First of all, I think we played well, we were organised. A draw against South Africa is good results. I’m certain that our players will draw a lot of strength from these results,” Antunes said.