On Saturday, at Stade Charles Konan Banny de Yamoussoukro, Cape Verde and South Africa will meet in the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals, both teams looking for historic victories.

While their opponents are looking to make it to the semi-finals for the first time since 2000, the Blue Sharks have never gone beyond this stage.

Cape Verde is making its A.F.C.O.N. debut and is starting a fantastic one. It is reasonable to assume that Bubista’s forces are bursting with self-assurance after their victories against Ghana and Egypt.

They have recorded consecutive victories against South Africa in 2017 World Cup qualifying matches. Bafana Bafana will need to play their best game to prevent Cape Verde from scoring.

Top 3 marketsBest odds at bookmakers
Cape Verde To Qualify ⚽1.82 at Betway
Draw In 1st Half 🥅1.88 at Sky247
South Africa to score  ✅1.51 at 1xbet

Cape Verde and South Africa: Previous Games 

Cape Verde and South Africa have played 4 Games since 2005. Cape Verde won 2 games, South Africa won one and drew one.

This time, the Blue Sharks will be looking to improve upon their best AFCON. Result in 2013, the quarterfinals.

At Saturday night’s match at Yamoussoukro’s Charles Konan Banny Stadium, the islands will face giant killers in South Africa.

As the apparent underdogs, Bafana Bafana faced Morocco in the round of 16. They stunned Africa’s top-ranked squad and World Cup finalists with a 2-0 thrashing even though many in their nation had written them off.

Saturday night, against Cape Verde, Hugo Broos will be imploring his squad to replicate the performance they had on Tuesday.

Probable Cape Verde Lineup

Vozinha; Moreira, Costa, Lopes, Paulo; Monteiro, Pina, Duarte; Mendes, Bebe, Cabral

Probable South Africa Lineup

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

Betting tips: Cape Verde x South Africa

Check out our predictions of the day for Cape Verde vs. South Africa.

Prediction 1: Cape Verde x South Africa / Cape Verde to Qualify

It’s fascinating that South Africa has never defeated Cape Verde in their three prior matches. A win against Bafana Bafana might extend that unbroken streak to four games. We believe they have all it takes to conquer South Africa once again.

Prediction 2: Cape Verde x South Africa / First Half Draw

The Atlantic Ocean side has been scoring goals at a rate of knots so far this season. They’re averaging two goals per game and have scored eight in four games. Their defence is solid, as they have kept a clean sheet in half of those games.

South Africa is riding high in AFCON 2023, allowing just two goals while keeping three clean sheets.

They have been slow in offence and defence and have failed to score in two of their four AFCON matches. We believe South Africa will neutralise the Cape Verde attack in the first half of the game.

Prediction 3: Cape Verde x South Africa / South Africa to score

Though Cape Verde has impressed so far in the tournament, particularly offensively, they often let goals slip through the cracks in the last moments. All three of the Blue Sharks’ group games—against Egypt, Mozambique, and Ghana—went into halftime with a lead. But they let Egypt and Ghana get back into it, and Egypt scored twice on the second matchday to tie the game.

So far in the competition, South Africa has failed to score after falling behind, but in their two goals, Bafana Bafana scored in the second half of both matches.