Cape Verde coach, Pedro Leitao Brito – Bubista, has been talking up the Blue Sharks’ chances of overtaking the Super Eagles and winning the Group C of the 2022 FIFA World Cup African qualifiers. And he hints that his player will be playing out of their skin in the remaining fixtures, Completesports reports.
Bubista whose team lost 2-1 at home to the Super Eagles on matchday-2, regained his confidence in the race for a berth in the final round ostensibly after Central African Republic (CAR) bagged a shock 1-0 win against Nigeria in Lagos on matchday-3. Cape Verde also bagged 2-1 away win against Liberia at the Accra Sports Stadium same day.
Cape Verde will face the Lone Star in a reverse fixture at the Estadio Aderito Sena in Mindelo today [Sunday], while Nigeria and the Wild Beasts of Central African Republic will clash at the Stade Omnisport in Douala.
Nigeria lead the Group C on six points after three rounds of matches, while Cape Verde and CAR follow in the second and third positions respectively with four points apiece. Liberia, on three points, are at the bottom of the group.
Bubista while speaking in an interview with the Cape Verdean Football Federation YouTube channel, described the Blue Sharks” home game against the Lone Star as a ‘must win’ in order to keep their chances of topping the group intact.
He said that the Blue Sharks’ target was the Group C top spot and reiterated the need for his players to fight harder for the points in each game, starting from their reverse fixture against Liberia.
“If we want to get to the final qualifying round [for 2022 FIFA World Cup] with possibilities, we have to do everything to win the three points in the next home game”, Bubista said.
“The game this Sunday is the most important qualifying match, as it is a great opportunity to reach the group’s top position.
“Our group shows that any team can
beat the other at anywhere, so we have to be focused and approach the task with confidence in order to achieve our goal”, Bubista reiterated.
Group C TABLE AND RESULTS
CAR 1-1 Cape Verde
Nigeria 2-0 Liberia
Liberia 1-0 CAR
Cape Verde 1-2 Nigeria
Liberia 1-2 Cape Verde
Nigeria 0-1 CAR
CAR ?-? Nigeria
Cape Verde ?-? Liberia
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