MATCH CENTRE

WED 15 OCTOBER 2014, 19:30, PRAIA

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Blue Sharks close in on qualification

by Bertin Basson

Wed October 15, 23:29

A second-half strike from midfielder Heldon secured a hard-fought 1-0 win for Cape Verde over Mozambique in a 2015 African Cup of Nations game played at the Estadio Nacional de Cabo Verde in Praia on Wednesday.

The Blue Sharks, who suffered a 2-0 loss to the same opponents in Maputo over the weekend now know a win against Niger next month will book their place at the finals in Morocco next year.

The Mambas suffered a major blow heading into the game, with Mamelodi Sundowns winger Elias Pelembe ruled out of the encounter due to suspension.

The Southern of African coped well without Pelembe, keeping Cape Verde scoreless till the half-time break.

All their hard work was finally outdone in the 75th minute, with Heldon grabbing the winning goal for the hosts.

Zambia beat Niger 3-0 in the other Group F encounter on the day.

Cape Verde next face Niger while Mozambique will host Zambia in a clash that could ultimately decide who qualifies for next years finals.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
CAPE VERDE MOZAMBIQUE
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
12
Defender
0
Goalkeeper
22
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
18
Defender
0
Defender
21
Defender
0
Defender
3
Defender
0
Defender
2
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
16
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Defender
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
4
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
19
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
6
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
8
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
10
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