Bafana target Cape Verde win

Cape Verde will take on South Africa in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualification Group D match at the Estadio Nacional de Cabo Verde in Praia on Friday.

Kick-off is at 8:30pm.

The Blue Sharks have endured a disappointing qualifying campaign thus far losing their first two matches against Senegal and Burkina Faso.

A 2-0 defeat to Senegal in Dakar last October, was followed by a disappointing 2-0 loss to Burkina Faso in Praia the following month.

As a result, Cape Verde are place fourth on the Group D standings without a single point. They are three points behind third-placed Senegal.

Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes, who was reappointed ahead of the World Cup qualifiers, will be hoping mastermind the Blue Sharks' first ever win over South Africa.

The two nations have met three times and South Africa emerged victorious twice, while one match ended in a goalless stalemate.

Cape Verde's experienced midfielder Babanco is confident that they can record their first victory in Group D against South Africa.

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

"South Africa is a very strong team‚ but through our work and dedication we have been demonstrating that we will achieve our goals."

Meanwhile, South Africa began their qualifying campaign with two positive results against Burkina Faso and the much-fancied Senegal.

Bafana Bafana drew 1-1 with Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou last October, before registering a 2-1 win over Senegal in Polokwane the following month.

The two results left Bafana placed second on the Group D standings with four points. They are only behind group leaders, Burkina Faso on goal-difference.

Stuart Baxter, the South Africa coach, is a man on a mission and two victories over Cape Verde could his side move to the top of group with two games left.

Bafana's hard-working midfielder Dean Furman has pointed out the importance of beating Cape Verde in Praia, before hosting them.

“A win here on Friday will definitely set things nicely. 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," Furman said.

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

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