Ryan Mendes of Cape Verde battles with Emmanuel Mbola of Zambia during of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations match between Cape Verde and Zambia at Ebibeyin Stadium, Equatorial Guinea on 26 January 2015 Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Monday Nov 16, 2015. 11:45
Cape Verde will look to overturn a 1-0 deficit when they host Kenya for the return leg of their 2018 World Cup qualifying second round tie on Tuesday evening.
The match will take place at the National Stadium in Praia, kick-off at 21h00 CAT.
Kenya have the edge heading into the game after a narrow victory in Nairobi in the first leg on Friday, with Michael Olunga’s early goal proving to be the difference between the teams.
However, disruptions in the Harambee Stars’ camp mean they head into the second game under something of a cloud, with reported unrest due to poor facilities and alleged non-payment of the players.
Coach Bobby Williamson, though, says the players will have received payment on Saturday and praised them for their performance against Cape Verde.
“They played with a lot of passionate and deserved to win this one,” he told Goal.com.
Blue Sharks coach Rui Aguas, meanwhile, will look for a much improved performance from his team, who failed to assert themselves in Nairobi.
The Portuguese mentor will expect his star players such as Ryan Mendes and Djaniny to up their game for the match in Praia, while it is also hoped that Kuca and Julio Tavares will recover from injury and be available on Tuesday.
Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey will take charge of the match in Praia.