Cape Verde Lucio Antunes will understand Jose Mourinho for tips
Cape Verde Islands have turned to the ‘Special One’ for inspiration as they prepare for their debut at next month’s African Nations Cup finals in South Africa.
The island archipelago has sent national team coach Lucio Antunes to spend this week in Madrid shadowing Real’s Jose Mourinho where he hopes to pick up some special insights from the world’s most colourful coach.
Cape Verde, who caused one of the biggest ever upsets in Nations Cup qualifying by knocking out Cameroon, will face the hosts in the opening match of the January 19-February10 tournament.
The youthful-looking Antunes, 46, was seen on worldwide television on Tuesday sitting in the stands above the Madrid dugout in a blue Real windbreaker watching the Spanish giants comfortably beat Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League.
He will observe Mourinho at close quarters until Sunday, taking in Saturday’s La Liga match at Real Valladolid.
Antunes’ week-long stay ...