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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Cape Verde Men's National Soccer Team News

June 13, 2015 - Djaniny scores brace in win over Sao Tome and Principe
"Cape Verde secured a convincing 7-1 win over Sao Tome and Principe in their opening Group F match at Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde in Praia on Saturday evening. The Blue Sharks dominated throughout, netting four goals in the first-half and three in the second stanza to get their 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign off to the perfect start. Djaniny opened the scoring on the night after 11 minutes before Nuno Rocha doubled the hosts lead six minutes later from the penalty spot. Goals from Garry Rodrigues and Odair Fortes further enhanced Cape Verde's lead before the break. Cape Verde made it 5-0 six minutes after the interval, Babanco making no mistake from 12 yards. The visitors though would have something to smile about - Luis Leal finding the back of the net for the islanders in the 54th minute.  Cape Verde restored their five goal advantage in the 73rd minute, Djaniny completing his brace before Julio Tavares put the result beyond any reasonable doubt 15 minutes from time to seal a stunning win for Rui Águas troops." - African Football

March 31, 2014 - Odaïr Fortes & Gegé score in win over Portugal
"A second-half sending off for André Pinto capped a miserable evening for a second-string Portugal side, who were beaten 2-0 at home by Cape Verde in a friendly in Estoril. Portugal fielded none of the players who beat Serbia in Euro 2016 qualifying on Sunday and were undone by two first-half goals scored within six minutes of each other. Odaïr Fortes, who plays for Reims, opened the scoring for Cape Verde after 37 minutes in fortuitous fashion as his right-wing cross appeared to catch the wind and flew over Anthony Lopes in the Portugal goal. The centre-back Gegé, who plays for Marítimo in Madeira, grabbed the second with an expert far-post finish after a free-kick from the Cape Verde captain Héldon had reached him through a forest of legs." - The Guardian

January 18, 2015 - Heldon equalizes in draw with Tunisia
"Heldon helped Cape Verde hold on for a 1-1 draw against Tunisia on Sunday at the African Cup of Nations. The Sporting Lisbon forward equalized from the penalty spot in the 77th minute, shortly after being brought down by Tunisia defender Syam Ben Youssef. Mohamed Ali Moncer had given Tunisia the lead in the 70th minute. Jamel Saihi set up the score with pass to Ali Maaloul, who then rolled the ball across the front of goal to Moncer." - Brandon Sun

January 10, 2015 - Nganga, Miranda & Semedo score in win over Congo
"Cape Verde came from 2-0 at halftime to stun Congo-Brazzaville 3-2 on Saturday in a pre-2015 Africa Cup friendly played in Dakar. Prince Oniangue and Thievy Bifouma scored in the 15th and 30th minutes respectively to put Congo ahead at Stade Leopold Senghor. However, Cape Verde revival was sparked by an unlikely source when Igor Nganga turned the ball into his own net in the 53rd minute. The 2013 Africa Cup quarterfinalists equalised four minutes later through Jailton 'Kuka' Miranda. Twenty minutes before fulltime, striker Djaniny Semedo shrugged off an injury he sustained in Wednesday’s 1-1 friendly draw with Equatorial Guinea to hand Cape Verde the win." - African Football 

December 24, 2014 - roster named for AFCON
"Cape Verde have named their final 23-man squad for January's Africa Cup of Nations finals in Equatorial Guinea. Portuguese coach Rui Aguas' squad is made up of entirely overseas-based players, although two ply their trade in Angola. With Goalkeeper Vozinha and midfielder Calú on the books of Progresso Sambizanga. The 2015 squad includes 12 players who were part of the team that reached the quarter-finals in South Africa in 2012. Striker Heldon (pictured), who scored the injury-time winner against Angola in 2012 that saw Cape Verde qualify for the last eight, is one of those who has another chance to shine at the Nations Cup." - BBC

November 15, 2014 - Lima, Kuka & Heldon score in win over Niger
"Cape Verde cemented their stranglehold in Group F after a 3-1 home win over bottom placed Niger in Praia today. However, Cape Verde left it until late to seal their fourth win from five Group F games with all four goals coming in the last 25 minutes of the two sides penultimate qualifying tie. Josimar Lima put Cape Verde in the lead in the 68th minute but Niger equalised almost immediately in the 73rd minute via a Toni Varela own goal. Kuka put The Blue Sharks back in the lead in the 89th minute before Sporting Lisbon striker Heldon made sure of the three points in stoppage time." - African Football

October 15, 2014 - Heldon scores in win over Mozambique
"A second-half strike from Heldon secured a 1-0 win for Cape Verde over Mozambique in an 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Estadio Nacional de Cabo Verde in Praia on Wednesday. The Blue Sharks now know a win against Niger next month will book their place in next year's finals.... The Blue Sharks finally broke the deadlock in the 75th minute through Sporting Lisbon midfielder Heldon, the strike ultimately proving to be the only goal of the game." - Super Sport

September 10, 2014 - Nivaldo & Mendes score in win over Zambia
Cape Verde continued to command Group F in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with a giant-killing 2-1 home win over Zambia in Praia on Wednesday. The Blue Sharks are on a maximum of six points from two games as they chase their second successive Africa Cup outing.... Cape Verde took the lead when Nivaldo rolled the ball into Ze Luis's path. He made no mistake to score his second goal in the qualifiers after netting in last Saturday’s 3-1 away win over Niger.... Mulenga gave Zambia some hope with an equaliser when he scrambled the ball across the line after Kalaba threaded the ball into the Zambia striker's path.... Cape Verde restored their lead in the 75th minute when Ryan Mendes fired in the second goal after a sweeping move involving Campos." - SuperSport

September 6, 2014 - Rodrigues, Fortes & Luis score in win over Niger
"Cape Verde have set the standard in Group F of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers following a 3-1 away win over Niger at Stade Général Seyni Kountché in Niamey.... Cape Verde sealed their win with three first half goals against their hosts. Spanish based midfielder Garry Rodrigues of Elche put The Blue Sharks ahead in the 3rd minute. Cape Verde added the second goal eleven minutes later through midfielder Odair Fortes of French Ligue 1 club Stade Reims to see the visitors cruise to 2-0 before the halftime mark. Ten minutes later Sporting Braga striker Ze Luis sealed the three points for Cape Verde. Veteran Niger striker Moussa Maazou gave the scoreline some respectability in the 34th minute, but the damage was already done." - SuperSport

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