Vidigal lauds Angolan players

Lito Vidigal

Angola coach Lito Vidigal says his side have title-glory in their sights after their opening 2012 Nations Cup win over Burkina Faso.

Palancas Negras opened their Group B campaign with a victory over the Burkinabe which, followed by success over Sudan on Thursday, will almost certainly see them into the quarterfinals of the competition.

But Vidigal wants to go even further and believes his side has the quality to go all the way, though he admits they will have the fell some big guns to get there.

“I will always fight for victory, but for that you need to be aware of the realities. We have already achieved great success together in qualifying for the finals, but now we want more,” he told reporters.

“I’m ambitious and I want my players to accompany me with the same ambition to win. My players were fantastic and diligent in all dimensions [against Burkina Faso]. I congratulate them for what they have been doing to dignify the flag of all Angolans.

“We have a competitive team that will play well and that has the ability to write its own story. We must be realistic about our ambitions. There are a lot of teams with a much better track record and list of achievements at the Nations Cup than us, and therefore it is important to put it all in perspective.”

Angola reached the quarterfinals in both the 2008 tournament in Ghana and on home soil in 2010.