When Cape Verde takes on Mauritania in a round of 16 encounter at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium on Monday, they want to equal their greatest performance from the Africa Cup of Nations.
Despite the presence of past champions Egypt and Ghana, the Blue Sharks unexpectedly won Group B, and the Lions of Chinguetti shocked 2019 champions Algeria to make it to this level for the first time in the country’s history.
The Blue Sharks’ propensity to choose outcomes in unique ways has been one of the most intriguing things to notice about Cape Verde in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
In their last group match, Bubista’s team defeated Egypt 2-1 after trailing the entire time. They also outperformed Mozambique with to better finishing and showed remarkable reaction time to steal a point from them.
Late goals against the Black Stars and Pharaohs indicate that the Blue Sharks will compete to the very end, which will help them in knockout football.
Bubista’s team, who have never advanced past the quarterfinals, might duplicate their 2013 showing if they defeat the Mauritanian team on Monday in the competition’s knockout stages.