Despite having won their opening two group matches, Cape Verde coach Bubista has vowed to defeat Egypt when the two sides face off in their final group game at Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny on Monday.
Cape Verde kicked off their Group B campaign with a 2-1 victory against Ghana before hammering Mozambaqiue 4-0 to become the first team to qualify for the knockout stage with a game to spare.
“Some of our players participated in the previous two matches. Everyone should be ready to contribute. We have confidence in all the players, and we will do everything to win against Egypt,” Bubista said, adding: “We have a great responsibility in front of our fans, and the group points are not closed yet. We must win against Egypt, and we will play in the same way we played against everyone.”
On whether he will use his first team against the Pharaohs, he said: “The team seeks to give its best, and we are ready to play. They will enter against Egypt with a strong desire to win. It is not a secret that we work collectively and always strive to improve performance. I believe we have become better, and in every match and tournament, we seek to deliver our best.
“We know that in our group, there are strong teams like Egypt and Ghana. We have players who want to show their best individual and collective performance. We help them serve the team with their skills and technical qualities.
“We trust our players, they have experience. We have a great responsibility in every match, and we face all matches in the best possible way. We will always seek to gain victory in every encounter. I know it’s challenging, but we strive to achieve that.”