Cape Verde, the smallest nation at the Orange African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2013, almost created an upset in Group A as they conceded to share the booty 1-1 with Morocco twelve minute to full time. The Blue Sharks had the game under control and were indeed close to grabbing the three points had they not been visited by tiredness as their star player Ryan Mendes confessed:
“We conceded the goal when we were very tired; it is such a pity for us. We felt very sad at the end but it was good to score our first ever goal in an AFCON. We shall now rest and prepare for our next match [against Angola].”
For their part, the Atlas Lions of Morocco who were given favourite in the game termed the outcome of the match a deception as they were somewhat certain for a win against Cape Verde who are just making their debuts in the AFCON.
“It was a big deception. We completely missed out on the first half only to put ourselves together toward the end and mounted more pressure and determination to score.
“On Saturday we played well in the first half against Angola but we ran out of gas in the second half meanwhile today [against Cape Verde] it was the opposite. So, I hope during our next match[ against South Africa] we shall be able to stay in form in both halves.” Ahmed Kantari, Morocco’s defender said.
This draw has kept the suspense in the group alive as no team, even the leaders South Africa with four points, are guaranteed for the second round till the last group matches are played Sunday.