Cape Verde coach, Pedro Leitão who is better known as Bubista as praised his players even while offering reasons why the team lost to Nigeria at home in a Group C African qualifiers for the World Cup.
Nigeria won the match 2-1 to hang on to the group leadership. At the press conference after the match, local newspaper, Expresso das Ilhas, reports that coach Pedro Leitão highlighted the quality of the Nigerian team, and pointed out that he was forced by circumstances to alter his original starting line up as two of his players tested positive to Covid-19.
“We were a few holes below what we usually present, mainly on the offensive level. It was not easy. We had to switch some players because of the covid-19 situation. But that’s no excuse for what happened.
“Cape Verde doesn’t have to feel squeamish about losing to Nigeria. Nigeria are one of the best teams in Africa. We have to have manhood and humility to know that Nigeria is also an extremely strong team and losing to Nigeria is not a bad thing”, he said.
Bubista praised the players’ efforts, but said that the team was below what is usual.
About the own goal, he said “that these are situations that happen.
“An own goal is always difficult. It was a shame because it happened at a time when we were taking over the game, we had refreshed the team. But happens. We are not here to blame anyone individually. In our team we always win together and lose together”, he stressed
The national football coach said that nothing is lost.
“Nobody wins or loses a qualification in two rounds. We have to keep fighting always. We have conditions to improve even more. It is still early in terms of qualification, and we have to have the faith and courage to work until the end”, he declared.
With the result, Cape Verde maintains a point in two games in Group C qualifying for Mundial’2022.