Cape Verde coach not intimidated by Ghana's pedigree
Lucio Antunes is prepared to face Ghana
The 46-year-old hopes their fairytale run at the tournament will continue against four-time African champions.
Cape Verde have not beaten Ghana at any stage in international football but the Blue Sharks have been the surprise package.
The tiny Island nation needed a last-gasp goal to beat Angola 2-1 in the final Group A match to pick the second slot behind South Africa.
Antunes, a protege of Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, is ready to add Ghana to his recent list of victims.
"They (Ghana) were the strongest team in Group B," Antunes told a media contingent recently.
"We are happy to play against them because they are one of the best in Africa and at this stage of the competition we have to come up against such teams.
"We will now simply keep on working hard and try to win the next game."
Antunes works a part-time coach and he is still contemplating his future as his country'sleading tactician with his full-time job as an air traffic controller in the capital Praia.
"I don't know which I prefer, coaching or being an air traffic controller. I am definitely going to go back, I just don't know when."