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Hearts of Oak captain on trial in Cape Town – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


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Friday Nov 17, 2017. 14:08


Hearts of Oak captain Thomas Abbey is currently on trial at Absa Premiership club Ajax Cape Town.

The versatile midfielder linked up with the Urban Warriors earlier this week following a successful season in the Ghana Premier League where he scored 12 goals. He followed his heroics by forming part of the Black Stars team that won gold in the WAFU Tournament on home soil.

He duly landed a trial in the South African Mother City, but it is unclear what his future holds with Abbey set to leave the Urban Warriors this week according to a source.

Ajax Cape Town have struggled for form this season, with the club currently occupying 14th spot on the log standings following yet another slow start to the season.

Stanley Menzo’s troops return to action against AmaZulu at Athlone Stadium next Saturday.



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Burkina Faso humble hapless Cape Verde – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Burkina Faso’s Prejuce Nakoulma

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 23:43


Burkina Faso secured a 4-0 win over Cape Verde in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group D match at the Stade du 4 Août in Ouagadougou on Tuesday night.

As a result, Burkina Faso and Cape Verde finish second and third respectively in Group D, with both nations having failed to qualify.

The home side applied some pressure on the Blue Sharks defence in the early stages of the encounter.

Alain Traore, who had scored for the Stallions against South Africa in their previous Group D match, had a chance score in the 11th minute.

However, the former AS Monaco attacker’s shot was well blocked by the Cape Verde defenders.

The Blue Sharks had a rare chance in the 28th minute and Babanco placed his left-footed shot wide of the target.

Babanco’s team-mate also missed the target seven minutes later as Cape Verde looked to press the hosts.

The visitors were left to rue those missed chances, as Prejuce Nakoulma scored in the 46th minute.

Burkina Faso were deservedly leading 1-0 at the interval against Cape Verde.

The Stallions continued their dominance over the Blue Sharks after the restart and they managed to double their lead 13 minutes into the second half.

It was Nakoulma once again who hit the back of the net and this time the forward scored with a header to make it 2-0 to Burkina Faso.

The visitors were struggling to contain the home side, who managed to extend their lead through Nakoulma.

The France-based striker made it 3-0 in the 62nd minute with a good header – grabbing his hat-trick in the process.

Ultimately, Burkina Faso ran out 4-0 winners after Banou Diawara snatched a late goal with a header in stoppage time.

Burkina Faso (1) 4 (Nakoulma 45’+1, 58′, 62′, Diawara 90’+5)

Cape Verde (0) 0

Burkina Faso: Koffi, Malo, Yago, Dayo, Coulibaly, A.Traoré (Bance 53′) , Kaboré, Touré, Nakoulma, B. Traoré (Diawara 88′), Bandé (Sanogo 64′).

Cape Verde: Evora, Varela, Stopira, Pereira (Diney 67′), Soares, Danilson (Helder Tavares 59′), Babanco (Rocha Santos 74′), Rodrigues, Ponck, Mendes, Tavares.



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Burkina Faso host Cape Verde in dead rubber – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Prejuce Nakoulma of Burkina Faso challenged by Sfiso Hlanti of South Africa during the 2018 World Cup qualifier football match between South Africa and Burkina Faso at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 07 October 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 09:00


Burkina Faso will face off with Cape Verde in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group D match at the Stade du 4 Août in Ouagadougou on Tuesday.

Kick-off is at 21h30 CAT.

The Stallions are heading into this match having already failed to qualify for the World Cup after Senegal beat South Africa to win the group on Friday.

Burkina Faso were thrashed 3-1 by South Africa in their previous group match which was played in Johannesburg last month.

The defeat left the Stallions on position two on the Group D standings with six points from five matches. They are five points behind Senegal.

Meanwhile, Cape Verde are also heading into the last group game having failed to book their place in the finals which will be hosted by Russia.

The Blue Sharks were beaten 2-0 by Senegal in their previous group match which was played in Praia last month.

As a result, Cape Verde are placed third on the Group D standings with six points from five matches. They are only behind second-placed Burkina Faso on goal-difference.

Referee Youssef Essrayri, who hails from Tunisia, will be in charge of the encounter between Burkina Faso and Cape Verde.



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Antunes names Cape Verde squad for Burkina Faso clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Lúcio Antunes Head Coach of Cape Verde talking to the media during the 2013 African Cup of Nations Final Draw at the ICC in Durban South Africa , 24 October 2012

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 11:00


Cape Verde head coach Lucio Antunes has announced the Blue Sharks squad for their upcoming clash against Burkina Faso.

The last match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group D will be played at the Stade du 4 Août in Ouagadougou on 14 November 2017.

The winner of this encounter will keep their slim chances of qualifying for the finals alive if the result between their Group D rivals Senegal and South Africa go their way.

Current Group D leaders Senegal and fourth-placed South Africa will play each other twice and only the group winners will qualify for the finals.

Turkey-based attackers Ryan Mendes and Garry Rodrigues have been called up by Antunes, while veteran goalkeeper Vozinha is also part of the team list.

Kick-off between Cape Verde and Burkina Faso is at 21h30 CAT.

List of 23 candidates:

Goalkeepers: Vozinha (AEL Limassol Cyprus), Márcio Rosa (Chaves, Portugal) and Mário Évora (FC Porto Sub 19, Portugal).

Defenses: Tiago Almeida (Polithenic, Romania), Carlos Ponk (Aves, Portugal), Ricardo Silva (Paços Ferreira, Portugal), Steven Pereira (MVV Netherlands), Fernando Varela (Paok Greece), Felix Mathaus Borges “Diney” (Marítimo, Portugal) and Ianique Stopira (Videoton, Hungary).

Midfielder: Danilson Cruz (Stade de Reims, France), Babanco (Feirense, Portugal), Marco Soares (AEL Limassol, Cyprus), Hélder Tavares (Tondela, Portugal), Nuno Rocha (Tosno Russia), Kenny Santos (Saint-Étienne, France).

Ryan Mendes (Kayserispor, Turkey), Garry Rodrigues (Galatasaray, Turkey), Heldon “Nhuc” Ramos (Vitoria SC, Portugal), Júlio Tavares (Dijon, France).



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Fielies goal dims Stars in Cape Town – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Thamsanqa Mkhize of Cape Town City challenged by Sinethemba Jantjie of Free State Stars during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Cape Town City FC and Free State Stars at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 1 November 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 21:40


Taariq Fielies scored the only goal of the game as Cape Town City defeated Free State Stars in an Absa Premiership clash at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday.

Having suffered back-to-back league losses against Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United, the Citizens were hungry for all three points in this clash.

As for Ea Lla Koto, the defeat brings to an end a strong run of form which had seen them claim 10 points from the last 12 up for grabs.

City put in a dominant showing in the first half, but they found Stars to be resilient and determined opponents. Marshalled by the experience of Paulus Masehe, the Free State side hassled and harried the hosts to a standstill in the first half.

The Cape side also suffered an injury blow near the interval when former West Ham United striker Victor Obinna picked up a knock and had to be replaced by Judas Moseamedi on the 40 minute mark.

Benni McCarthy’s side continued to boss the game through the second half but they struggled to create chances with which to test Stars goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare.

However, the breakthrough finally arrived in the 89th minute when City put together an attack which ended with Taariq Fielies putting the ball beyond the reach of Stars’ gloves-man.

The teams will return to league action after the international break in November, with City hosting Baroka on November 22, while Stars will be at home to Chippa United on the same day.

Cape Town City (0) 1 (Fielies 89’)

Free State Stars 0

City: Stephens, Mkhize, Gumede, Martins, Seedat, Matsi, Fielies, Putsche (Masina 75’), Modise (Johannes 90’), Lakay, Obinna (Moseamedi 40’)

Stars: Sangare, Mashego, Keita (Mbhele 65’), Mahamutsa, Phungwayo, Jantjie, Vilakazi, Masehe, Maphakisa (Potsane 57’), Manqele, Mthembu



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Cape Town City look to bounce back from successive losses


Ayanda Patosi of Cape Town City evades challenge from Sammy Seabi of Polokwane City during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Cape Town City FC and Polokwane City at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 22 September 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 10:08


Cape Town City will look to bounce back to winning form in the Absa Premiership when they host Free State Stars at Athlone Stadium on 1 November 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

City have suffered two straight losses in the top flight league, going down 1-0 at home to Bloemfontein Celtic and 2-1 away to Chippa United in the space of five days in October. Coach Benni McCarthy saw his team react strongly to a similar situation back in September and will hope for a repeat as they head into a new month.

The Citizens have recorded mixed results at home this season, with two wins and two losses from four turns as hosts. Their last win at home was against Polokwane City back in September, and they will be searching for another three points in this clash.

Stars come into the match having drawn 1-1 at home to bottom-of-the-log Platinum Stars on October 21. Nonetheless, the Free State side has claimed an impressive 10 points from the last 12 up for grabs and have been one of the league’s form teams.

Ea Lla Koto have been hit and miss away from home, recording two wins and two defeats from four matches on the road. However, those two victories were recorded against Polokwane City and Maritzburg United in September and Stars are actually looking for a hat-trick of away wins.

In head-to-head stats, City and Stars have met in just two previous top flight league matches. Both of those encounters took place last season, with Ea Lla Koto winning 1-0 at home in the first half of the campaign, while the return game finished 1-0 in favour of the Citizens.

City’s line-up from their 2-1 loss to Chippa on October 22: tephens, Mkhize, Fielies, Johannes, Seedat, Nodada, Matsi Modise (Patosi 75′), Lakay, Martin (Masina 64′), Majoro (Obinna 79′).

Stars’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Platinum on October 21: Sangare, Masehe, Mobbie (Mashego 13′), Keita, Phungwayo, Mbhele, Potsane, Vilakazi (G.Dlamini 56′), Manqele (Mahamutsa 74′), Jantjie, Anas.



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Cape Town City chase hat-trick of wins – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Sibusiso Masina of Cape Town City FC gets away from Cheslyn Jampies of Bloemfontein Celtic during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 football match between Cape Town City FC and Bloemfontein Celtic at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 2 November 2016 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 10:55


Cape Town City will chase a hat-trick of Absa Premiership wins when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at Athlone Stadium on 17 October 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

City recorded a second straight victory in the league when they beat local rivals Ajax Cape Town 2-0 away on September 30. Goals from Victor Obinna and Judas Moseamedi ensured Benni McCarthy’s side claimed the bragging rights in the ‘Mother City’.

The Citizens have had mixed results at home this season, with two wins and one loss from their three turns as hosts. Their last home match in the league was a 1-0 triumph over Polokwane City in September where Lehlohonolo Majoro scored a late winner from the penalty spot.

Celtic claimed their second win of the season (and a first at home) when they defeated Bidvest Wits 1-0 on October 1. The Bloemfontein side has suffered just one defeat so far this season and are laying the foundation for a solid campaign.

Phunya Sele Sele boast an unbeaten away record, with one win and two draws from their three games on the road this season. Their away victory came at Polokwane City in mid-September and they will be hoping for another three-pointer as soon as possible.

In head-to-head stats, City and Celtic have met in just two previous league matches. Both of those encounters took place last season, with the Cape Town side claiming a 1-0 win in their home game, while the return in Bloemfontein finished in a goalless stalemate.

City’s line-up from their 2-0 win over Ajax on September 30: Stephens, Seedat, Johannes, Fielies, Mkhize, Matsi, Nodada, Lakay, Patosi (Modise 65′), Martin (Edmilson 81′), Obinna (Moseamedi 46′).

Celtic’s line-up from their 1-0 win over Wits on October 1: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Mabena, Mashikinya, Letlabika (Lubisi 54′), Baloyi, Hotto, Motshegwa, Nyundu (Letsoalo 89′).



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Late goals help Senegal beat Cape Verde – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Keita Balde of Senegal during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Senegal and Zimbabwe at the Franceville Stadium in Gabon on 19 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 21:53


Senegal defeated Cape Verde 2-0 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group D match at the Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde on Saturday.

As a result, Senegal move to the top of the group standings, while Cape Verde are placed third on the table.

Cape Verde goalkeeper Vozinha and Senegal shot-stopper Khadim Ndiaye were both called into action in the first few minutes of the game.

Vozinha made a comfortable save from Idrissa Gueye’s free-kick, before Ndiaye pulled off a great save to deny Garry Rodrigues.

Senegal striker Diafra Sakho then tried to beat Vozinha from range, but the West Ham United player’s effort went over the crossbar.

Caper Verde captain Marco Soares and Senegal striker Balde Keita Diao both had their long range shots saved by Ndiaye and Vozinha respectively.

The two WAFU teams were locked at 0-0 during the half-time break in Praia, the capital city of Cape Verde.

Vozinha had to produce two good saves to deny Papa Ndiaye and Diao after the restart as Senegal searched for the opening goal.

Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes reacted by introducing Nuno Rocha, who inspired his nation to a 2-1 home win over South Africa last month, in the 65th minute.

However, the visitors continued to dominate the match and they scored through Diafra Sakho, who beat Vozinha from close range in the 82nd minute to making it 1-0 to Senegal.

Senegal’s 2-0 victory was sealed by second-half substitute Cheikh Ndoye, who netted with a long range effort in stoppage-time.

Cape Verde (0) 0

Senegal (0) 2 (Sakho 82′, Ndoye 90+2′)

Cape Verde XI: Vozinha, Stopira, Varela, Babanco, Soares (Olivera 85′), Heldon (Rocha 65′), Rodrigues (Gomes 78′), Perreira, Ponck, Mendes, Almeida.

Senegal XI: Ndiaye; Wague, Mbodj, Koulibaly, Mbengue; Gueye, Kouyaté, P.Ndiaye (Niang 62′); Keita Baldé (Guette 82′), Sakho, Mané (Ndoye 89′).



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2018 FIFA WCQ: Cape Verde 0-0 Senegal – LIVE – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Sadio Mane of Senegal reacts in disappointment for missing a penalty during the Afcon Quarter Final match between Senegal and Cameroon on the 28 January 2017 at Franceville , Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 19:43


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group D match between Cape Verde and Senegal at the Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde in Praia.

Line-ups:

Cape Verde XI: Vozinha, Stopira, Varela, Babanco, Soares, Nhuck, Rodrigues, Perreira, Ponck, Mendes, Almeida.

Senegal XI: Ndiaye; Wague, Mbodj, Koulibaly, Mbengue; Gueye, Kouyaté, P.Ndiaye; Keita Baldé, Sakho, Mané.

Commentary:

60′ – CHANCE! Senegal midfielder P.Ndiaye fires straight at Cape Verde keeper Vozinha, who denies him.

55′ – It is still 0-0 here in Praia as we approach the hour-mark.

50′ – Cape Verde fail to capitalize after Senegal keeper Ndiaye had dropped the ball inside the box.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Cape Verde 0-0 Senegal.

45′ – The fourth official has added two minutes.

40′ – Cape Verde captain Soares finds some space outside the Senegal box and he forces keeper Ndiaye into a comfortable save.

35′ – Senegal’s talisman Mane has been tightly marked by the Cape Verde defence thus far.

30′ – It remains goalless here in Praia as we reach the half-hour mark.

25′ – Senegal striker Sakho fires over the crossbar from outside the Cape Verde box.

20′ – Cape Verde’s talisman Mendes has been lively for the hosts thus far keeping the Senegal defence busy.

15′ – It’s end-to-end stuff as the two sides look for the opening goal.

10′ – GREAT SAVE! Mendes sets up his Cape Verde team-mate Rodrigues, who is denied by Senegal goalkeeper Ndiaye.

5′ – Senegal midfielder Gueye’s long range effort from a free-kick is easily saved by Cape Verde goalkeeper Vozinha.

1′ – The match is underway.



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Against Cape Verde we’ll be ready for a fight – Senegal coach – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Aliou Cisse, coach of Senegal

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Oct 05, 2017. 17:00


Senegal must be ready for a fight when they take on Cape Verde in a 2018 World Cup qualifier this weekend, according to coach Aliou Cisse.

The Teranga Lions are placed third in Group D but have their fate very much in their own hands: if they win all three of their remaining games (including the re-match against South Africa after their away loss in November last year was annulled) then they will top the group and qualify for Russia 2018.

Much of the attention has fallen on the back-to-back games against SA coming up next month which will be key to Senegal’s fate, but coach Cisse knows that the immediate task of beating the Blue Sharks in their own back yard will not be easy.

“Before we talk about the match against South Africa, for which we will have time to think, I believe that there is first the stage of Praia that must be negotiated with the team Cape Verde . Today, our energy, our thought, our knowledge, we must put them for this match,” Cisse is quoted by APS.

“They (the Cape Verdeans) have every chance like us, like Burkina Faso and South Africa, to be able to go to Russia,” he said, adding that “it will be necessary to whip, to fight”.

“I see players ready to go to the fight and to realise this feat which is to go a second time to the World Cup,” concluded Cisse, who was a part of the famous class of 2002 which debuted at the global tournament.

The Cape Verde v Senegal match will be held at the National Stadium in Praia on Saturday evening, kick-off at 19h30 CAT.



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Rocha: Cape Verde want to make history in Russia – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Nuno Rocha of Cape Verde battles with Jamel Saihi of Tunisia during of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations match between Tunisia and Cape Verde at Ebibeyin Stadium, Equatorial Guinea on 18 January 2015

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 03, 2017. 18:00


Cape Verde midfielder Nuno Rocha believes that the Blue Sharks can book their place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals which will be hosted by Russia.

The Blue Sharks boosted their chances of reaching the finals after defeating South Africa home and away in their qualifying matches last month.

Rocha grabbed a brace as the Blue Sharks beat Bafana Bafana 2-1 in Praia, Cape Verde and he says the two goals motivated him.

“The two goals against South Africa were very important for the team and for me personally. They gave me great motivation to continue my international career. Obviously, our team isn’t very well known on the world stage. But with patience, humility and belief in a better future, we will send out a statement,” Rocha told FIFA.com.

Cape Verde are currently placed second on Group D standings – they are only behind group leaders Burkina Faso on goal-difference with two matches left.

Rocha and his team-mates will face Senegal at the Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde in Praia on Saturday. Cape Verde will qualify if they win all of their remaining matches and other results go their way.

“There’s always a possibility. Senegal are a strong team, but everything is possible. We have huge motivation and belief in ourselves after the last two victories against South Africa. Then we’ve got the most important game away to Burkina Faso in November. We have to prepare well for it and show what we’re capable of,” the 25-year-old player continued.

Rocha is currently plying his trade in Russia for FC Tosno, while his Cape Verde team-mate Ze Luis plays for reigning Russian champions Spartak Moscow.

“I have a great relationship with Ze. I sought his advice before coming here. He supported me but also warned that playing in Russia is very difficult. I can see this for myself now. In my opinion, the Russian league is one of the toughest in Europe. Adapting to it is not easy, but the hardest thing is learning Russian! I still have problems with it now,” he added.

Rocha’s club, Tosno were only founded in 2013 but since then have made a rapid ascent to the top flight. This season, they have already proved to be a tough proposition for everyone they have faced. He also talks about travelling between Africa and Russia.

“I haven’t spent that much time in Russia but I feel good. We have a young team. We’re trying to make the supporters happy and we’re doing everything we can to increase our following in the future. Of course, it’s a long way to fly and the African countries where we have to play are also located far apart. The journeys wear you out, but you pass the time by chatting with your team-mates. It can be very fun travelling with your friends,” he said.

If the Blue Sharks qualify for the 2018 finals – they would outstrip Trinidad and Tobago’s achievement – currently the smallest World Cup participant to date. Trinidad and Tobago’s population is also more than twice as large as the tiny archipelago’s (close to 540,000).

“It would be an unforgettable moment for our country. That’s why our biggest dream is to achieve qualification to the World Cup,” the former Maritimo midfielder concluded.



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Ajax, City set for Cape Town derby


Ndiviwe Mdabuka of Ajax Cape Town evades challenge from Robyn Johannes of Cape Town City FC during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 football match between Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City FC at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 11 February 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 09:45


Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City will meet for an Absa Premiership derby at the Cape Town Stadium on 30 September 2017, kick-off at 15h00.

Ajax played to their second draw of the season when they held Baroka FC 2-2 in Polokwane on September 23. An away draw against one of the league’s form teams is a respectable result for the Cape side, though they will feel it was two points dropped after they twice let a lead slip.

The Urban Warriors are unbeaten at home so far this season, having drawn with Golden Arrows in the opening round and beaten Polokwane City earlier this month, and coach Stanley Menzo will want at least another point from this encounter.

Cape Town City snapped their losing streak at two games when they defeated Polokwane City 1-0 at home on September 22. It was a controversial win for Benni McCarthy’s side, who needed a debatable penalty deep into injury time from Lehlohonolo Majoro to claim all three points – though they did have a perfectly legitimate goal incorrectly ruled out for offside.

The Citizens have lost two of their three away league matches so far this season – though as the match is being played at their home base of Cape Town Stadium, it will hardly feel like a match on the road for the team in blue and yellow.

In head-to-head stats, Ajax and City have met in just two previous league matches. Both of those encounters took place last season, with the Citizens claiming a league ‘double’ over their local rivals: they won 1-0 at home and 2-0 away.

Ajax’s line-up from their 2-2 draw with Baroka on September 23: Petersen, Booysen, Evans, Pietersen (Mdabuka 48′), Nhlapo, Malepe, Lebusa, Kabwe (Margeman 72′), Mosadi, Morris, Makua (Uzoenyi 46′).

City’s line-up from their 1-0 win over Polokwane on September 22: Stephens, Mkhize, Gumede (Fielies 53′), Johannes, Seedat, Nodada, Matsi, Obinna (Akosah-Bempah 79′), Lakay, Patosi (Martin 68′), Majoro.



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Garry Rodrigues headlines Cape Verde squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Dean Furman of South Africa challenges Garry Rodrigues of Cape Verde during the World Cup Qualifier match between South Africa and Cape Verde on the 05 September 2017 at Moses Mabhida Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 14:00


The Cape Verdean Football Federation (FCF) have named the Blue Sharks squad that will take on Senegal next month.

The two nations will meet in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification Group D match at the Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde in Praia, Cape Verde on Saturday, 7 October.

Midfielder Kevin Oliveira of Kansas City and central defender Admar of Sporting da Praia have been named in the squad.

Admar has been called by Cape Verde coach Luico Antunes as Greece-based defender Fernando Varela is out nursing an injury.

Garry Rodrigues, the Galatasaray forward, who netted twice against South Africa in two Group D matches earlier this month, is part of the squad.

The Blue Sharks will go top of group standings if they defeat Senegal and the other result between South Africa and Burkina Faso go their way.

List of 23 players :

Goalkeepers: Vozinha (AEL Limassol / Cyprus) and Márcio Rosa (Desportivo de Chaves / Portugal).

Defenders: Tiago Almeida (Polithenic Iasi / Romania), Ricardo (Paços de Ferreira / Portugal), Steven Pereira (MVV / Holland), Fernando Varela (PAOK / Greece), Vally Ponck (Sport of the Birds / Cape Verde) and Admar Almeida (Sporting of the Beach / Cape Verde).

Midfielders: Danilo da Cruz (Stade de Reims / France), Marco Soares (AEL Limassol / Cyprus), Platiny (Polithenic Iasi / Romania), Hélder Tavares (Tondela / Portugal), Jamiro Monteiro (Heracles / Holland), Nuno Rocha Babanco (Feirense / Portugal) and Kévin Oliveira (Kansas City / USA).

Forwards: Garry Rodrigues (Galatasaray / Turkey), Ryan Mendes (Kayserispor / Turkey), Nuno da Costa (Strasbourg / France), Ricardo Gomes (Nacional / Portugal) and Wuilito Fernandes (Orange County / USA).



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Cape Verde are an open book, says Senegal coach – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Senegal coach Aliou Cisse

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Sep 25, 2017. 12:00


Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse says he knows what to expect from Cape Verde ahead of their clash in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Group D match.

The Blue Sharks of Cape Verde, who are placed second in Group D, beat South Africa 2-1 both home and away earlier this month.

“There’s nothing to hide. We know what they have, they also know what we will take, ” Cisse told the Senegalese News Agency (APS).

The match between Senegal’s Lions of Teranga and Cape Verde will be played at the Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde in Praia on 7 October 2017.

“The stadium in Praia is very windy, but during the two or three days of training in Saly, South Senegal, we will train in a field with synthetic turf,” he added.

Senegal, who are placed third in Group D, drew with group leaders Burkina Faso both home and away earlier this month.

Burkina Faso and Cape Verde both have six points and the former have a better goal-difference with two games left. Senegal and South Africa have five points and one point respectively.

The Lions of Teranga and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana both have a game in hand and they will meet in a Group D rematch in November 2017.

Only the group winners will qualify for next year’s World Cup finals which are scheduled to be hosted by Russia.



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Cape Town City beat stubborn Polokwane City – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Lehlohonolo Majoro of Cape Town City

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 22, 2017. 22:12


Cape Town City defeated Polokwane City 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday night.

As a result, the Citizens climb up to fourth spot on the league standings, while Rise and Shine remain 14th on the log.

The visitors threatened first through Salulani Phiri, whose effort forced City goalkeeper Sage Stephens into a comfortable save just nine minutes into the match.

The Citizens were able to keep possession well, but they were struggling to unlock the Rise and Shine defence which was led by the experienced Thapelo Tshilo.

Stephens was also called into action in the 22nd minute and he pulled off a decent save to deny Polokwane full-back Ndivhuwo Ravhuhali’s free-kick.

With seven minutes left before half-time, Lehlohonolo Majoro found some space outside the Polokwane box and he hit the upright.

Nevertheless, the score was 0-0 at half-time between City and Polokwane.

An action-packed second-half followed as the home side took control of the match with Lyle Lakay narrowly missing the target.

His City team-mate Majoro also came close in the 71st minute with curling shot missing the Polokwane goal-posts.

Majoro thought he had snatched a late winner in the 88th minute, but the goal was disallowed as the striker was ruled offside.

However, the striker did score the winning goal in stoppage time as he converted from the spot-kick after City were awarded a late penalty.

City ran out 1-0 winners over Polokwane after containing the visitors in the closing stages of the encounter.

CT City (0) 1 (Majoro 98′)

Polokwane (0) 0

CT City: Stephens, Mkhize, Gumede (Fielies 53′), Johannes, Seedat, Nodada, Matsi, Obinna (Akosah-Bempah 79′), Lakay, Patosi (Martin 68′), Majoro.

Polokwane: Ndlovu, Semenya, Maponyane, Ravhuhali, Tshilo, Seabi, Phiri, W. Maluleke (J.Maluleke 63′), Mngomezulu (Ndou 94′), Musona (Klaas 63′), Ramagalela.



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Aliou Cisse to name squad for Cape Verde clash on Wednesday – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 17:00


Aliou Cisse will on Wednesday name his squad for Senegal’s clash away to Cape Verde in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.

The Senegalese Football Federation has confirmed that the Teranga Lions’ list of players will be unveiled on September 20.

Senegal are set to face the Blue Sharks at the National Stadium in Praia on October 7. They are placed third on Group D on five points though they have a game in hand on co-leaders Burkina Faso and Cape Verde (six points each).

This follows FIFA’s decision to annul Senegal’s 2-1 loss away to South Africa last year. The match will be replayed in November and could be decisive in terms of which teams qualifies for Russia 2018.

Senegal’s squad list may well included the name of Torino forward M’Baye Niang. The 22-year-old has represented France at junior international level, but it still eligible to switch his allegiance to the West African country.



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Cape Verde star Tavares praised by Dijon president – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Sep 18, 2017. 15:00


French Ligue 1 side Dijon have offered Julio Tavares a new three-year contract which he has signed.

The bulky striker joined Dijon from Bourg-Péronnas in July 2012 and his previous contract with the club was left with nine months.

Dijon club president Olivier Delcourt is delighted to extend the marksman’s stay – with Tavares having helped the team finish 16th in the league last season.

“This contract extension rewards a player who has always had an irreproachable state of mind and a real attachment for his club,” Delcourt told Dijon’s official website.

“Like Dijon, he has always managed to successfully cross the ladder to Ligue 1. An example for all, which embodies the values of the club.”

The 28-year-old forward hit the back of the net nine times in 35 league matches for Dijon during the 2016/17 campaign.

Tavares, who was part of the Cape Verde team that defeated South Africa twice recently, has netted once in four leagues games for Dijon this season.

He started both matches as the Blue Sharks stunned Bafana Bafana 2-1 both home and away in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification Group D games.



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Urban Warriors sign Burkinabe defender – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Ajax Cape Town


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Bertin Basson

Saturday Sep 16, 2017. 10:00


Ajax Cape Town have signed Burkina Faso national Soumaila Ouattara.

The Urban Warriors are set to officially unveil their new singing this weekend, with the 22-year-old having joined the club following a successful trial period.

Rivaldo Coetzee’s move to Mamelodi Sundowns has left a void in defence, prompting the signing of Mario Booysen and now Ouattara who head coach Stanley Menzo has compared to Tottenham Hotspur new man, Davinson Sánchez.

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“Ouattara was offered to us by the agent of [Lassina] Traore, and he was here on trial,” said Menzo.

“And after just one training match, everyone was saying, ‘Wow, that’s a good player, a good defender’. He’s a right-footed defender, strong, and coming from Burkina Faso, he’s probably not had, with all due respect, the best education there, and at this level, there is always room to improve.

“He is someone who will become a better player. When the scouts and I saw him, we immediately thought of [Colombian international] Sanchez at Ajax Amsterdam [now with Spurs] – he has the same physique, so that’s the kind of player he is.”



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Cape Town City secure MTN8 Cup final spot – MTN8 2017


Elias Pelembe of Bidvest Wits challenged by Ebrahim Seedat of Cape Town City during 2017 MTN8 game between Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City at Bidvest Wits Stadium on 10 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 17:03


Cape Town City edged out Bidvest Wits 2-1 in the MTN8 Cup semi-final second-leg match at the Bidvest Stadium on Sunday.

The victory sees the Citizens book their place in the final after winning 3-1 on aggregate, while Clever Boys are knocked out of the tournament.

The match got to a lively start as the Clever Boys dominated possession in the opening stages of the encounter.

Wits desrvedly took lead in the 11th minute when Thulani Hlatshwayo fired home to make it 1-0 to the hosts after a scramble in the City box.

After conceding the Citizens pushed forward in numbers as looked to level matters and they equalized in the 27th minute.

Amr Gamal scored an unfortunate own goal from Ayanda Patosi’s free-kick to make it 1-1 for City as the visitors regained the lead on aggregate.

Wits nearly scored in the 33rd minute, but Granwald Scott’s header narrowly missed the target as the hosts pressed City.

Gamal also saw his effort cleared off the goal-line seven minutes later and score was 1-1 at the interval with City leading 2-1 on aggregate.

City suffered a blow 14 minutes into the second-half as Ronald Putsche went down injured and he was replaced Mpho Matsi.

However, the Citizens continued to launch attacks and they managed to take the lead for the first time in the 71st minute.

Lehlohonolo Majoro controlled the ball well in the Wits box, before firing past Wits keeper Moeeneb Josephs to make it 2-1 to City.

Frank Gabadinho nearly equalized for Wits in 74th minute, but City Shu-Aib Walters parried his powerful shot out for a corner-kick.

Wits did most of the attacking in the dying minutes of the match – attacking in numbers in search of three late goals.

However, City managed to contain Wits in the remaining minutes and they ran out 2-1 winners on the day.

Wits (1) 1 (Hlatshwayo 11′)

City (1) 2 (Gamal 27′ og, Majoro 71′)

Wits: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Damjanovic, Scott, Gamal (Rodgers 46′), Pelembe (Mhango 62′), Pule (Klate 46′), Hlanti, Pienaar, Kodisang, Frosler.

City: Walters, Mkhize, Fielies, Johannes, Seedat, Nodada, Putsche (Matsi 60′), Modise (Gumede 80′), Masina (Lakay 54′), Majoro, Patosi.



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2017 MTN8: BIDVEST WITS 1-2 CAPE TOWN CITY – AS IT HAPPENED – MTN8 2017


Ahmed Gamal Amr of Bidvest Wits is challenged by Taariq Fielies of Cape Town City during the 2017 MTN8 Semifinal 1st leg fixture between Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium on 27 August 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 16:50


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 MTN8 Cup semi-final second-leg match between Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

LINEUPS:

Wits: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Damjanovic, Scott, Gamal Amr, Pelembe, Pule, Hlanti, Pienaar, Kodisang, Frosler.

City: Walters, Mkhize, Fielies, Johannes, Seedat, Nodada, Putsche, Modise, Masina, Majoro, Patosi.

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That’s all from the Bidvest Stadium where Cape Town City beat Bidvest Wits 2-1 and the former advanced to the 2017 MTN8 Cup final after winning the tie 3-1 on aggregate. Please join us again next time. Cheers!



FULL-TIME! Wits 1-2 City.

95′ – CLOSE! Wits striker Rodgers misses the target from close range.

90′ – The fourth official has added five minutes.

85′ – It’s end to end stuff in the closing stages of the match as City are looking dangerous on the counter-attack.

80′ – City sub: Gumede IN, Modise OUT.

75′ – Damjanovic connects with Wits midfielder Pienaar’s corner-kick, but he heads over the crossbar.

71′ – GOAL! Wits 1-2 City. Majoro turns and fires home from inside the Wits box.

70′ – GREAT SAVE! City full-back Seedat receives the ball in the Wits box and he forces keeper Josephs into a great diving save.

66′ – Caution: Patosi (City) booked.

65′ – City forward Majoro is sent through on goal by Nodada, but the former is ruled offside.

62′ – Wits sub: Mhango IN, Pelembe OUT.

60′ – City sub: Matsi IN, Putsche OUT.

55′ – Wits winger Pelembe whips a good cross into the City box and Johannes makes a great clearance.

54′ – City sub: Lakay IN, Masina OUT.

50′ – City winger Patosi beats his marker, but the ball goes out for a throw in as the visitors search for an early goal in the second-half.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

46′ – Wits sub: Klate IN, Pule OUT.

46′ – Wits sub: Rodgers IN, Gamal OUT.

HALF-TIME! Wits 1-1 City. (Aggregate score Wits 1-2 City).

45′ – The fourth official has added three minutes.

40′ – CLOSE! City captain Johannes makes a world class goal-line clearance after the ball had hit the crossbar as Wits press the visitors.

35′ – Caution: Pienaar (Wits) is booked.

30′ – It is 1-1 as we reach the half-hour mark here at the Bidvest Stadium. City are leading 2-1 on aggregate.

27′ – GOAL! Wits 1-1 City. Gamal scores an own goal from Patosi’s free-kick.

25′ – Walters, the City keeper, comes out to gather Wits winger Pule’s header.

20′ – Modise plays a through pass for his City teammate Majoro, but Wits keeper Josephs comes out to gather the ball as the Citizens search for the equalizing goal.

15′ – Seedat whips a long ball forward for his City teammate Masina, who is ruled offside.

11′ – GOAL! Wits 1-0 City. Hlatshwayo scores from close range following a scramble in the City box.

10′ – Play is stopped as City midfielder Modise is down injured as Wits continue to press the visitors.

5′ – Hlanti whips a dangerous low cross across the City goal and the ball goes out for a goal-kick as Wits, who are trailing 1-0 on aggregate, search for an early goal.

1′ – The match is underway.



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Cape Verde beat SA to go top of Group D – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Dean Furman of South Africa challenges Garry Rodrigues of Cape Verde during the World Cup Qualifier match between South Africa and Cape Verde on the 05 September 2017 at Moses Mabhida Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Sep 05, 2017. 21:18


Cape Verde beat South Africa 2-1 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Group D match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in on Tuesday.

As a result, the Blue Sharks completed a double over Bafana Bafana and they moved to the top of Group D table, while Bafana Bafana slip down to position four.

The first real chance of the encounter fell for Bafana Bafana striker Tokelo Rantie nine minutes into the encounter.

However, the Turkey-based marksman placed his effort wide of the target without troubling Cape Verde goalkeeper Vozinha.

South Africa shot-stopper Wayne Sandilands was called into action four minutes before the half-hour mark.

The 34-year-old made an easy save to deny Cape Verde’s talisman Ryan Mendes as the visitors looked to break the deadlock.

The Blue Sharks defence was then exposed in the 42nd minute, but Bradley Grobler fired straight into Vozinha’s hands.

The score was 0-0 between South Africa and Cape Verde at half-time following a tightly contested first-half in the city of Durban.

An entertaining second-half followed and the visitors broke the deadlock six minutes into the second-half.

Garry Rodrigues scored with a powerful shot from a free-kick – beating Sandilands hands down – making it 1-0 to Cape Verde in the process.

It was soon 2-0 to Cape Verde six minutes after the hour-mark following a good move by the visitors.

Galatasary midfielder Rodrigues beat his marker and he unleashed a long range effort which beat Sandilands to double his side’s lead.

South Africa dominated in the closing stages of the match and they managed to pull one back through Andile Jali’s low shot.

But Cape Verde stood firm in the closing stages of the match and they secured a 2-1 win over South Africa.

South Africa (0) 1 (Jali 89′)

Cape Verde (0) 2 (Rodrigues 51′, 66′)

South Africa XI: Sandilands, Gould, Hlatshwayo, Hlanti, Mphahlele, Furman, Kekana (Tau 77′), Zwane (Manyama 56′), Dolly, Grobler (Jali 65′), Rantie.

Cape Verde XI: Dias, Tiago, Pereira, Santos, Da Cruz, Rodrigues (Admar 94′), Soares, Rocha, Carlos, Mendes (Totti 85′), Tavares (Platini 77′).



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Wounded South Africa welcome Cape Verde – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Tokelo Rantie of South Africa celebrates during the 2019 Afcon football qualifier between Nigeria and South Africa at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Uyo State, Nigeria. @Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Sep 04, 2017. 17:00


South Africa will square off with Cape Verde in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Group D match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Tuesday.

Kick-off is at 19h00 CAT.

Bafana Bafana were shocked 2-1 by Cape Verde in their previous group match which was played at the Estadio Nacional de Cabo Verde in Praia on Friday.

The defeat left South Africa third on the Group D standings with four points from three games. They are a point behind group leaders Burkina Faso.

Bafana have participated in three World Cup finals and this was their first defeat in Group D – having recorded a draw and a victory, before facing Cape Verde,

Stuart Baxter, the Bafana head coach, will look to Tokelo Rantie. The Turkey-based striker netted South Africa’s goal against the Blue Sharks last week.

Meanwhile, Cape Verde registered their first victory in Group D as they had lost to Senegal and Burkina Faso in their first two group matches.

The Blue Sharks have never qualified for World Cup finals, but they reached the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals which were hosted by South Africa.

Lucio Antunes, the Blue Sharks head coach, is expected to unleash Nuno Rocha once again. The midfielder netted a brace against South Africa last week.

Cape Verde have been boosted by the fact that they do not have any suspensions. Bafana defender Erick Mathoho will miss the match due suspension.

Referee Ferdinard Udoh, who hails from Nigeria, will officiate the encounter between South Africa and Cape Verde in Durban.



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Antunes: Cape Verde will complete a double over SA – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Lucio Antunes head coach of Cape Verde during football match between Morocco and Cape Verde 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Finals at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban , January 23 , 2013 © Sabelo Mngoma/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Sep 04, 2017. 14:00


Cape Verde head coach Lúcio Antunes is confident that his charges will defeat South Africa again on Tuesday.

The Blue Sharks stunned Bafana Bafana 2-1 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match at the Estadio Nacional de Cabo Verde in Praia on Friday.

As a result, Cape Verde recorded their maiden victory in Group D and they also defeated South Africa for the first time in history.

Cape Verdean tactician Antunes believes that fourth-placed Blue Sharks can qualify for next year’s World Cup finals.

“Our campaign is back on track and we will be in contention for a place in Russia,” Antunes told the media after the match.

“I thought we played well and we are going to Durban to get three more points.”

Cape Verde are two points behind Group D leaders Burkina Faso, who held Senegal to a goalless stalemate in Dakar on Saturday.

There are three matches left and only the group winners will advance to the 2018 finals.



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SA coach: We froze in defeat to Cape Verde – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Sep 03, 2017. 11:00


South Africa ‘froze’ in their disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Cape Verde in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday, according to coach Stuart Baxter.

Bafana Bafana claimed an early lead through Tokelo Rantie in their Group D match in Praia, but the Blue Sharks hit back through a quick brace of goals from Nuno Rocha.

A red card for defender Erick Mathoho midway through the second half hurt the visitors’ hopes of getting back on level terms.

“We knew when we came here that there were natural difficulties with this game,” Baxter said in his post-match press conference, as quoted by Times Live.

“One‚ when I watched Cape Verde’s other games against Burkina Faso and Senegal‚ apart from moments where Cape Verde switched off‚ they had been close games. So we knew that this was not a bad team.

“Secondly the [artificial] pitch is not the easiest to play on. And this was maybe Cape Verde’s last chance to pick up points that could maybe lead to somewhere.

“I thought we opened the game very well. I thought we controlled the first 20 minutes. We scored.

“I think when we conceded the 1-1 goal it became a bit of a mental problem where the players froze‚ they didn’t react.

“In the second half we did what we could do. We tried to play more‚ we tried to have more patience and composure.

“And even when we were down to 10 men‚ I was disappointed that we didn’t get the result. But I’m looking for reasons not excuses.”

South Africa will seek revenge against the Island team when they meet for a re-match in Durban on Tuesday evening. AfricanFootball will have live coverage of the clash.



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Cape Verde stun South Africa – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Cape Verde players celebrate

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 01, 2017. 22:42


Cape Verde beat South Africa 2-1 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Group D match at the Estadio Nacional de Cabo Verde in Praia on Friday.

As a result, the Blue Sharks remain fourth on position four on the Group D table, while Bafana also remain second on the standings ahead of the return leg game in South Africa next week Tuesday.

The match got off a lively start and the visitors managed to break the deadlock through Tokelo Rantie, who scored against the run of play in the 13th minute to make it 1-0 to South Africa.

However, the lead lasted for 20 minutes as Nuno Rocha level matters with a deflected effort with the Bafana defence caught ball watching.

The Blue Sharks continued to press Bafana and they managed to take the lead for the first time eight minutes before the half-time.

Ryan Mendes was fouled by Dean Furman in the South Africa box and Rocha grabbed his brace as he converted from the spot-kick to make it 2-1 to Cape Verde.

Cape Verde were leading 2-1 at the interval after dominating possession in the half-time and Rocha netted twice for the hosts.

South Africa dominated the opening stages of the second-half as they searched for equalizing goal – pushing more men forward.

However, Bafana were reduced to 10 men when Erick Mathoho got a straight red card after fouling Cape Verde defender Carlos Ponck in the 67th minute.

Cape Verde nearly extended their lead six minutes later, but Julio Tavares failed to punish the Bafana defence as he was denied by South Africa keeper Ronwen Williams.

The last chance of the match fell for South Africa striker Percy Tau with five minutes left on the clock with the Cape Verde defence caught ball watching.

However, the Mamelodi Sundowns attacker missed the target and Cape Verde held on to win 2-1 over South Africa at home.

Cape Verde (2) 2 (Rocha 33′, 37′)

South Africa (1) 1 (Rantie 13′)

Cape Verde: Dias. Almeida, Stopira, Rodrigues, Vally (Pereira 17′), Soares, Rocha (Da Cruz 78′), Babanco, Fernandes, Tavares, Mendes.

South Africa: Williams, Langerman, Mathoho, Hlatshwayo, Mphahlele, Furman, Zungu (Mokotjo 61′), Dolly, Zwane, Manyama (Grobler 53′), Rantie (Tau 79′).



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2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER: CAPE VERDE 2-1 SOUTH AFRICA – As it happened – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 01, 2017. 22:19


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Group D match between Cape Verde and South Africa at the Estadio Nacional de Cabo de Verde in Praia.

LINEUPS:

Cape Verde XI: Dias. Almeida, Stopira, Rodrigues, Vally, Soares, Rocha, Babanco, Fernandes, Tavares, Mendes.

South Africa XI: Williams, Langerman, Mathoho, Hlatshwayo, Mphahlele, Furman, Zungu, Dolly, Zwane, Manyama, Rantie.

COMMENTARY:

That’s all from the Estadio Nacional de Cabo Verde where we saw Cape Verde beat South Africa for the first time and also record their maiden victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Please joins us again next time. Cheers!

FULL-TIME: Cape Verde 2-1 South Africa.

90′ – Three minutes added by the fourth official.

85′ – CHANCE! Mphahlele’s cross finds his Bafana teammate in the Cape Verde box, but the latter heads wide of the target.

80′ – Ten minutes left on the clock for Bafana to grab a late equalizer against the Blue Sharks.

79′ – South Africa sub: Tau IN, Rantie OUT.

78′ – Cape Verde sub: Da Cruz IN, Rocha OUT.

75′ – CHANCE! Cape Verde striker Tavares is sent through on goal, but South Africa keeper Williams produces a great save to deny him.

70′ – The Blue Sharks are now looking to take advantage of their numerical advantage.

67′ – RED CARD: South Africa defender Mathoho is sent off after committing a dangerous tackle on Ponck.

65′ – Cape Verde sub: Platini IN, Fernandes OUT.

61′ – South Africa sub: Mokotjo IN, Zungu OUT.

60′ – Cape Verde are still leading 2-1 as we reach the hour-mark.

55′ – South Africa striker Grobler announces his arrival by fouling Cape Verde defender Ponck as the visitors look to restore parity.

53′ – South Africa sub: Grobler IN, Manyama OUT.

50′ – Bafana combine nicely in the Blue Sharks box, but Zwane’s low cross is cleared away by Ponck.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Cape Verde 2-1 South Africa.

45′ – The fourth official has added one minute.

40′ – CHANCE! Bafana keeper Williams fails to hold on to a free-kick, but Cape Verde fail to capitalize.

37′ – GOAL! Cape Verde 2-1 South Africa. Rocha fires home from the spot-kick.

36′ – PENALTY for Cape Verde! Mendes is fouled in the Bafana box by Furman.

35′ – The momentum is with the Blue Sharks, who are knocking the ball around as they look to take the lead for the first time.

33′ – GOAL! Cape Verde 1-1 South Africa. Rocha fires home following a good build up by the hosts.

30′ – It is still 1-0 to Bafana as we reach the half-hour mark here at the Estadio Nacional de Cabo Verde.

25′ – Cape Verde’s creative midfielder Mendes tries to play a through pass, but South Africa captain Hlatshwayo clears the ball away.

20′ – The hosts are still looking to penetrate the Bafana defence which has been solid thus far with Hlatshwayo marshaling the backline.

17′ – Cape Verde sub: Pereira IN, Monteiro OUT.

15′ – The Blue Sharks are about to make a change as Monteiro is down injured.

13′ – GOAL! Cape Verde 0-1 South Africa. Rantie breaks the deadlock against the run of play.

10′ – Cape Verde full-back Almeida makes a good run into the South Africa box, but his cross goes out for a throw in.

5′ – The Blue Sharks are pressing Bafana Bafana in the early stages of the match.

1′ – The match is underway.



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Babanco: How Cape Verde can defeat South Africa – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Babanco of Cape Verde gets the ball past Bongani Khumalo of South Africa during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between South Africa and Cape Verde at The National Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on 19 January 2013

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 31, 2017. 16:00


Cape Verdean international Babanco says through their work and dedication they can defeat South Africa at the Estadio Nacional on Friday.

The Blue Sharks and Bafana Bafana will lock horns in back to back 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification Group D encounters.

Cape Verde are heading into the clash with South Africa having lost their first two Group D matches to Senegal and Burkina Faso.

Portugal-based midfielder Babanco believes that they are capable of recording their first win against Bafana.

“The time has come to turn around our situation and start winning the games again‚” Babanco said on SowetanLive.

The 32-year-old, who plays for CD Feirense, was part of the Blue Sharks team that drew 0-0 with Bafana in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) opening game in Johannesburg.

“South Africa is a very strong team‚ but through our work and dedication we have been demonstrating that we will achieve our goals,” he added.

The return leg match is scheduled to take place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa next week Tuesday.

Cape Verde are placed at the bottom of Group D standings without a single point with two games left. South Africa are placed second with four points.



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SA will go for the kill against Cape Verde, says Furman – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Bongani Zungu (L) and Dean Furman

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 31, 2017. 12:00


South African international Dean Furman has explained why it’s important for Bafana Bafana to defeat Cape Verde at the Estadio Nacional in Praia on Friday.

The SuperSport United midfielder believes that the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier might set the tone for them in their quest to reach the finals which be hosted by Russia.

“A win here on Friday will definitely set things nicely,” Furman told SAFA.net.

Bafana Bafana will host the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde in the return match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban next week Tuesday.

“It will galvanise us to go for the kill on 5 September at Moses Mabhida Stadium and if we win the two matches, that will give us a huge 10 points cushion,” he continued.

“It means if that happens, FNB Stadium will be beaming when Burkina Faso travel to South Africa in October. These are exciting times.”

South Africa are placed second on the Group D table with four points from two games and they are only behind group leaders Burkina Faso on goal-difference.

Bafana midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo, who plays for Brentford FC in England, is looking forward to Friday’s clash with the Blue Sharks.

“It would be great to produce such performances on constant basis and everyone is looking forward to Friday’s game,” he said.

There are four matches left in Group D and only the group winners will book their place in next year’s finals.



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Cape Verde eye first Group D win against SA – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Victor Osimhen of Nigeria against Thulani Hlatshwayo of South Africa

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Wednesday Aug 30, 2017. 10:30


Cape Verde will square off with South Africa in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Estadio Nacional de Cabo Verde in Praia on Friday.

Kick-off is at 20h30 CAT.

The Blue Sharks lost 1-0 at home in their last competitive match which was against Uganda in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier two months ago.

Lucio Antunes, who led Cape Verde to the 2013 AFCON finals for the first time in history, was reappointed Blue Sharks head coach in September, 2016.

Cape Verde are placed fourth on the Group D standings without a single point from two matches. They are three points behind third-placed Senegal.

Ryan Mendes, who plays for Kayserispor in Turkey, is one of Cape Verde’s key players and the striker will look to inspire his side to its first Group D win.

Meanwhile, South Africa will return to action against Cape Verde after defeating Nigeria 2-0 in the 2019 AFCON qualifier in Uyo two months ago.

This was new Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter’s first competitive match in charge of the team – having been reappointed in May, 2017.

South Africa are placed second on the Group D table with four points with four games left. They are only behind group leaders Burkina Faso on goal-difference.

Tokelo Rantie, who is plying his trade in Turkey for Genclerbirligi, is South Africa’s dangerman and he will be keen to help his side beat the Blue Sharks.

Referee Mehdi Abid Charef, who hails from Algeria, will officiate the encounter between Cape Verde and South Africa in Praia.

The return leg match will be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa next week Tue



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Thulas Nxesi leads Bafana to Cape Verde – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Lebohang Manyama of South Africa

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 30, 2017. 10:00


Ahead of the highly anticipated clash against Cape Verde this Friday, South African Sports Minister, Thulas Nxesi has accompanied Bafana Bafana to Praia.

Nxesi took time out of his busy schedule to accompany coach Stuart Baxter’s men for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match.

Bafana are in Group D with Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and Senegal and will hope to get a win on Friday to boost their chances en route to Russia.

“The national team need all the arsenal and the boost they can get to ensure that they go over this hurdle called Cape Verde so that they can continue to fly our flag high during the Russia FIFA World Cup come 2018,” said Nxesi.

“The success of the National team has a direct impact on social cohesion and nation building.

“I therefore urge all citizens to rally behind the team and ensure that we collect the maximum points from this match.”

Bafana will face off against the Blue Sharks at 20:30 (CAT) on Friday.

The second leg of the encounter will be staged at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday, 05 September.



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