Antunes looks to Mourinho as Ghana feels pressure

GERALD IMRAY AP Sports Writer Published:

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) -- Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes might get help from Jose Mourinho as his underdog team looks to spring another surprise and knock title contender Ghana out of the African Cup of Nations.

After explaining at the beginning of the tournament that he never talked football with good friend Mourinho, Antunes changed his position Friday and said he would get advice from the Real Madrid coach ahead of Saturday's quarterfinal match against the Black Stars -- who are under pressure to win at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Antunes may well have been joking but his allusion to being aided by one of the world's top managers gave Ghana more to worry about.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah was already concerned with Cape Verde's threat, calling it a team "no one can underrate."