Africa Cup of Nations 2013: Igesund warns against future slip-ups

Africa Cup of Nations 2013South Africa manager Gordon Igesund wants his players to relax after Cape Verde draw

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South Africa manager Gordon Igesund warned his players no more slip-ups after the hosts were held by Cape Verde in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations opener.

In a game of few chances, both sides struggled to gain a foothold in the tie and Cape Verde midfielder Platini squandered the game’s best opportunity.

Igesund admitted he had never seen his players perform so poorly and believed nerves got the better of them as they got what they deserved.

“The first half was a complete waste of 45 minutes,” he said. “The guys were very, very nervous out there. I’ve never seen them like this.

“The players panicked, everything was at 100 miles an hour (and) the second half wasn’t much better.

“We’re not doomed, we have another two games, and five points might be enough to go through. We know now we have to beat Angola – we can’t play for a draw.

“We got a point. I don’t think we deserve too much more than that, to be honest.”

Cape Verde boss Lucio Antunes was much happier with the result and said his players had made their small country proud.

“I’m happy with the performance of the team,” he said.

“We have upheld the dignity of Cape Verde, a small but great country. It’ll make Cape Verde’s 500,000 people happy.

“We can leave here with our heads held high. The players were excellent and we achieved our aim not to lose. Now we have to improve again.

“It [the result] means that our team has been well organised. Not conceding goals makes the team more confident.”

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