Head coach of Cape Verde, Pedro ‘Bubista’ Leitão has disclosed that the team has no regret losing to one of the best teams in Africa.
The Blue Shark lost 2-1 to the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Tuesday’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the Estádio da Várzea.
The hosts took a shock lead through Bryan Tavares, but the Super Eagles levelled after Victor Osimhen reacted quickest to a loose ball.
Gernot Rohr’s men then won the game thanks to a bizarre own goal midway through the second half.
Reacting to the defeat, Bubista stated that he’s proud of his players and their ability to withstand the Super Eagles. He noted that he won’t blame any player for their defeat to Nigeria.
“Cape Verde doesn’t have to feel squeamish about losing to Nigeria.
“Nigeria is one of the best teams in Africa. We have to have the guts and humility to know that Nigeria is also an extremely strong team and losing to Nigeria is not a bad thing.
“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 it happens. We are not here to blame anyone individually. In our team we always win together and lose together,” Bubista said at the post-match press conference.