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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 November 2006, 12:23 GMT
Cape Verde confirm identity of coach
Cape Verde national team
Rocha will coach Cape Verde during the Nations Cup qualifiers

The Cape Verde Islands have confirmed Brazilian Ricardo Rocha as their new national team coach but added that he is not the former World Cup winner of the same name.

Rocha, who will start his new job in January, was originally thought to be the former Real Madrid defender who formed part of Brazil's World Cup winning team in 1994.

The Cape Verdian Football Federation have instead employed Ricardo Cordeiro da Rocha, who they said was a physical training professor from Santa Catarina and the man they wanted all along.

A federation statement said Rocha had been recommended by members of the Cape Verdian community in Brazil but that details of his career had been omitted when his appointment was first announced.

Rocha, 41, will take charge of the island archipelago's side for the first time when they meet Algeria in an African Nations Cup qualifier in March.

The Cape Verdians have won one and lost the other of their opening two qualifying matches for the 2008 finals in Ghana.

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