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Bebe Stunner Lights Up AFCON as Cape Verde Cruise into Last 16

Bebe Blasts Cape Verde into AFCON Knockout Stages with Long-Range Goal ⁤

⁤Former Manchester United forward Bebe proved age is just a number, unleashing a stunning free-kick to fire Cape Verde to a 3-0 victory over Mozambique and claim the first quarterfinal spot in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations. ⁤

⁤Playing in his first-ever AFCON at the age of 33, Bebe silenced doubters with a powerful dead-ball strike from 40 yards out, leaving Mozambique goalkeeper Ernan helpless.

This moment of magic ignited the Blue Sharks, paving the way for their biggest-ever win in the tournament. ⁤

⁤Captain Ryan Mendes added to the lead minutes after the break, capitalizing on a defensive error, while Kevin Pina put the finishing touches on the game with another long-range stunner from midfield. ⁤

⁤This emphatic victory not only guarantees Cape Verde top spot in Group B but also ensures a comfortable stay in Abidjan for their upcoming Last 16 clash against a third-placed team on January 29th. ⁤

⁤Meanwhile, Mozambique’s AFCON struggles continue. ⁤⁤Despite a valiant effort and a close penalty shout that was overturned by VAR, they remain winless in 14 attempts at the tournament history.

⁤⁤However, with one point and a game against Ghana remaining, a glimmer of hope still flickers for them to snatch a last-minute qualification berth. ⁤

⁤Bebe’s redemption after his brief, forgettable stint at Old Trafford adds a fairytale touch to Cape Verde’s historic achievement.

While Mozambique’s quest for their first AFCON win persists, the island nation’s dream run in the tournament already marks a landmark moment for Cape Verdean football. ⁤

⁤This revised version keeps the core information while adding a bit more narrative flair and focusing on the key turning points and individual contributions.

It also shortens the piece slightly for improved readability. ⁤