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

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Burkina Faso humble hapless Cape Verde

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

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Burkina Faso host Cape Verde in dead rubber

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

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Antunes names Cape Verde squad for Burkina Faso clash

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

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Late goals help Senegal beat Cape Verde

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

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2018 FIFA WCQ: Cape Verde 0-0 Senegal – LIVE

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

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Against Cape Verde we’ll be ready for a fight - Senegal coach

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

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Rocha: Cape Verde want to make history in Russia

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

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Garry Rodrigues headlines Cape Verde squad

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

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Cape Verde are an open book, says Senegal coach

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

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Cape Verde beat SA to go top of Group D

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

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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

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Antunes: Cape Verde will complete a double over SA

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

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Cape Verde stun South Africa

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

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Babanco: How Cape Verde can defeat South 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

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SA will go for the kill against Cape Verde, says Furman

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

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Cape Verde eye first Group D win against SA

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

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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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We won’t underestimate Cape Verde – SA coach Baxter – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Aug 30, 2017. 09:00


South Africa will not make the mistake of underestimating Cape Verde Islands, according to coach Stuart Baxter.

The teams will meet in back-to-back 2018 World Cup qualifiers on September 1 in Praia and September 5 in Durban.

Bafana are currently joint top of Group D alongside Burkina Faso, while the Blue Sharks are bottom of the log after suffering two defeats.

“My father said to me ‘Always beware the man that has nothing to lose’. So they have got nothing to lose‚” Baxter said in regards to Cape Verde’s team.

“I think we have got to go there with the same attitude. They can play the way they want.

“If we play well then I think we have got a chance of getting a good result. So we’ve got to make sure that our mentality is tight.

“We want to be a team‚ we want to make sure that everybody puts in 100 percent.

“We want to be able to express ourselves in the right way‚ have that feeling of no regrets and no anxiety.

“We are just looking forward to the game and quieten down all the other chit-chat that may have made us complacent‚ that may have made us nervous. Quieten that down and just get to the place.”

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SA’s European-based stars to fly straight to Cape Verde – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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SA's European-based stars to fly straight to Cape Verde

Rivaldo Coetzee and Deolin Mekoa

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Aug 28, 2017. 12:00


South Africa will be without one of their top defenders, Rivaldo Coetzee when they lock horns with Cape Verde in back to back matches.

The Blue Sharks will welcome Bafana in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on 1 September 2017. The return leg match will be played in Durban four days later.

Ajax Cape Town defender Coetzee recently saw his proposed move to Scottish giants Celtic FC collapse after failing medical tests.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has now announced on their official website that the 20-year-old will miss the two matches with Cape Verde.

A statement read: “Defender Rivaldo Coetzee has been ruled out of the two matches because of an injury while all overseas players will join the rest of the team in Cape Verde.”

Bafana coach Stuart Baxter revealed that the team’s European based players will fly straight to Cape Verde as it was shorter to fly there from Europe than coming to South Africa first and then fly several hours to the Atlantic Ocean island again.

“Having discussed it with manager Barney Kujane, we found it that it made a lot of sense to ask European based players to fly straight to Cape Verde instead of coming here and then embark on another long journey to the Island,” Baxter said.

Those that will meet the rest of the team in Cape Verde are Keagan Dolly who plays for Montpellier in France, Andile Jali (KV Oostende FC in Belgium), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford, England), Bongani Zungu (Vitoria Guimares, Portugal), Thulani Serero (SBV Vitesse, Holland), Tokelo Rantie (Genclerbirligi, Turkey) and Kermit Erasmus who plays for Rennes in France.

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