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AFCON 2023: Cape Verde vs South Africa: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :February 1, 2024 at 7:16 PM
Modified at :February 1, 2024 at 7:29 PM
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Novojyoti Bhattacharjee

South Africa can qualify for semis for the first time after 2000

One of the surprises of the AFCON, Cape Verde have defined all the odds to top the group consisting of Egypt and Ghana. Very few expected Cape Verde to outperform them to top the group. Cape Verde defeated Mauritania by 1-0 in the round of 16 to qualify for the quarter-finals thanks to Ryan Mendes converting the penalty. 

With their performance against last year’s semi-finalist Morocco, South Africa shocked the world by knocking them out of the AFCON in the round of 16. Makgopa and Mokoena scored in the second half to advance to the quarter-final. For the first time since 2000, South Africa will feel confident that they can make it to the semi-finals after the top five favourites of the tournament have already been eliminated. 


Sun, 4 February 2024 at 1:30 AM IST

Location: Stade Charles Konan Banny de Yamoussoukro


Cape Verde (in all competitions): W-D-W-W-L

South Africa (in all competitions): W-D-W-L-D

Player to Watch

Ryan Mendes (Cape Verde)

A crucial component of Cape Verde’s road to the quarter-final has been Ryan Mendes. He has scored two goals and provided one assist. His decisive goal against Mauritania in the round of 16 earned them a place in the quarter-final. In addition to having a clear eye for goal, Ryan Mendes is capable of creating team chances in the final third. 

Themba Zwane (South Africa) 

The 34-year-old forward has been instrumental in the success of South Africa this term as he assisted in the last match against Morocco to send them into the quarter-final and also scored a brace against Namibia in the group stage. In addition to his excellent hold-up play, he has also been an excellent team player when bringing teammates into the game. 

Match Facts

  • Cape Verde are unbeaten in the last four matches
  • South Africa defeated Morocco in the last match by 0-1
  • Cape Verde have won the previous two matches against South Africa

Injury and Team News

There is a fully fit squad for Cape Verde to choose from. For the first time since 2000, Hugo Broos will likely stick to the same eleven that defeated Moroccan in the last match. After a famous win over Morocco, Hugo Broos is likely to stick with the same eleven.

Head to Head

Total Matches-3

Cape Verde-2

South Africa-0


Predicted Lineup

Cape Verde Predicted lineup (4-3-3):

Vozinha; Moreira, Costa, Lopes, Paulo; Monteiro, Lenini, Duarte; Mendes, Bebé, Cabral

South Africa Predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):

Williams; Mudau, Kekana, Mvala, Modiba; Mokoena, Sithole; Morena, Zwane,Tau; Makgopa

Match Prediction for Cape Verde vs South Africa

With both teams playing on counterattacks, small margins will decide this match. Because Cape Verde beat South Africa twice in the past, they will be confident heading into this match. On the other hand, South Africa are confident after defeating Morocco in their last match. 

Prediction: Cape Verde 1-2 South Africa

Telecast for Cape Verde vs South Africa

India – FanCode

UK – Sky Sports

US – beIN Sports

Nigeria – NTA

AFCON 2023 Worldwide Broadcast Details: Click here

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