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Antunes: No Nerves

Cape Verde Islands are playing in the African Cup of Nations for the first time in their history at the tournament, and they start their campaign with a game against the hosts, South Africa, at the National Stadium tonight.

Despite playing in front of their opposition's home crowd at the famous stadium, Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes says there are no nerves in his camp.

He added that his team are unknown in this tournament, but that they have come to play football and that's nothing to be nervous about.

He told Soccer-Laduma that playing the hosts of a tournament like this, at a big stadium and in front of a capacity crowd is a difficult task, but that they are prepared for whatever is thrown at them.

"Being nervous? No. No one in our team is nervous. There are no nerves in the camp. We have trained at the stadium and we have seen how huge it is but that is in the stands," he said.

"The playing field is level for both teams and that's where we will be concentrating. We have players who play in Europe in such conditions and they are used to that. So no nerves at all," Antunes concluded.

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