Cape Verde will take on South Africa at Charles Konan Banny Stadium in the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday.
Cape Verde will make history if they edge South Africa to reach their first-ever semi-finals in the Africa Cup of Nations. They are competing in the quarterfinals for the second time following their 2013 exploit in South Africa. Cape Verde defeated South Africa 2-1 when they last met.
Tubaroes Azuis are the surprise package of this edition. Initially deemed as mere underdogs, the Islanders have become a force to reckon with. Some coaches in the tournament have voiced their wish to avoid a clash with this team. Cape Verde’s physical and aggressive pattern may prove difficult for South Africa to handle.
South Africa have been improving with each game and appear unstoppable at this stage. Their 2-0 win against Morocco in the round of 16 greatly enhanced their confidence, as they look good enough to take on any side left in the competition. The last time they got the better of Cape Verde was in a 2005 World Cup qualifier 2-1.
Bafana Bafana are eyeing the ultimate prize, which they last won in 1996. With most of the top guns like Algeria, Ghana and Cameroon now out of the picture, SA should be one of the favorites amongst the surviving eight. However, coach Hugo Broos needs to keep the focus as there have been quite a few surprises in this tournament.