Cape Verde captain Fernando Neves “Nando” has warned giants Ghana to expect a surprise when they clash in their quarter-final of the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday.
A semi-final place awaits Cape Verde in their maiden appearance if they win the match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
The Blue Sharks stunned pundits by reaching the last eight of the competition in South Africa after emerging from a group comprising the hosts, Morocco and Angola.
The 34-year old France-based defender has warned the four-time champions that they should expect a surprise similar like their qualification to the last eight.
“We are here to carry on. We came here to win and will try to do that on Saturday. We have already eliminated teams considered better than us to reach this far,” Nando warned the Black Stars.
“For those who think we are not up to the task, expect more surprises,” the veteran defender said insisting unity in the team’s camp is helping them to progress.
“The atmosphere in our camp is friendly. We are united, strong and focused for the match.”
“We are happy with the support we have received from the Portuguese community. We are counting on the support from the over 600,000 Cape Verdeans to win this crucial match.”
Nando has featured in all three previous games of Cape Verde at the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations so far.