Posted: Wednesday January 30, 2013 5:26 AM

Ghana coach Appiah wary of tricky Cape Verde

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PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) -Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is so wary of the underdog threat of Cape Verde in the African Cup of Nations quarterfinals that he has suggested he would prefer to play title favorite Ivory Coast.

Appiah says the tournament debutant will play "without any pressure'' against his team in Saturday's first quarterfinal and the Ghanaians "cannot afford to underrate them.''

Ghana beat Cape Verde 1-0 in a warm-up game late last year, but probably wasn't thinking then that they might cross paths again in the last eight at the Nations Cup.

Winger Wakaso Mubarak scored the winner in November's friendly in Portugal and is likely to return for the quarter at Nelson Mandela Bay after missing Ghana's last match with suspension and also a left knee injury.
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