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The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations is most likely the last tournament Islam Slimani will take part in. But, surely for the 33-year-old, nothing would be better to cap a scintillating international career than helping your country defend the title. 

As the curtain comes down on group stage matches for Group A, Cape Verde will have all to play for, going into the final group match against hosts, Cameroon.

The Blue Sharks, as the islanders are affectionately known, have only taken a bite against the group’s whipping boys, Ethiopia, winning 1-0 in their opening encounter. A subsequent loss to Burkina Faso, with whom they are tied on three points apiece, meant they lie third on the group log owing to an inferior head-to-head stat against The Stallions.



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