• Cape Verde midfielder Jamiro Monteiro, who bagged the man-of-the-match award said his side has more to prove.
• In contrast, Mauritania coach Amir Abdou was left disappointed after his team conceded a “ridiculous” late goal.
There were contrasting emotions from the two coaches following Cape Verde’s dramatic 1-0 victory over Mauritania on Monday.
A late Ryan Mendes penalty sealed the win for Cape Verde to send them through to the quarter-finals for the second time in their history.
Cape Verde boss Bubista was delighted with his side’s performance.
“We are carving our path. We know there are many bigger teams than us but we are trying to focus on our game to have the opportunity to face these African powerhouses,” said Bubista.
“Our goal is to work towards having a stronger squad.”
Cape Verde midfielder Jamiro Monteiro, who bagged the man-of-the-match award said his side has more to prove.
He insisted the Blue Sharks have more to prove and they will give everything as a team in the subsequent games.
"I'd like to dedicate this award to Cape Verde and to all the people who support us. It's fantastic, we've taken another step forward but we haven't shown everything yet.We can still do a lot, but the most important thing is to qualify for the quarter-finals," Jamiro Monteiro said.
Jamiro went ahead to hail the goalscorer, Ryan Mendes for his leadership qualities.
"He's our role model. I'm here and I can tell you he is a great leader,” he added.
In contrast, Mauritania coach Amir Abdou was left disappointed after his team conceded a “ridiculous” late goal.
“We are a bit disappointed to exit with this score, especially on an individual error like that,” rued Abdou. “We didn’t deserve this.”
He felt Mauritania could have turned the game around.
“We had the opportunity to persist in the match. We could have responded in certain situations.”
However, he took pride in his team’s overall performance.
“The team showed a good image in this Afcon. We must remain positive for the future.”