Bafana Bafana vs Nigeria Thulani Serero

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – MARCH 25: Thulani Serero during the International friendly match between South Africa and Guinea-Bissau at Moses Mabhida Stadium on March 25, 2017 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

Bafana Bafana vs Cape Verde: Starting XI, kick off time, live stream and head-to-head

After a shock loss against Cape Verde over the weekend, Bafana Bafana will look to bounce back in the return leg of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Bafana Bafana vs Nigeria Thulani Serero

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – MARCH 25: Thulani Serero during the International friendly match between South Africa and Guinea-Bissau at Moses Mabhida Stadium on March 25, 2017 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

Bafana Bafana has some damage control to do on Tuesday when they meet Cape Verde at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium in the return leg of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.

Also read: Bafana vs Cape Verde 2004: Where are they now?

The South Africans slipped to third place in Group D after suffering a 2-1 defeat to the Islanders in Praia on Friday.

Group D as it stands

The other two sides in the group, Burkina Faso and Senegal played to a goalless draw, resulting in Senegal leapfrogging South Africa into second place while Burkina Faso maintained top spot. A result which Bafana coach, Stuart Baxter sees as a positive under the circumstances;

“The good thing is that Burkina Faso and Senegal drew which means we are all even again and the race is on.”

South Africa are level with Senegal on four points, with Burkina Faso topping the group with five, while Cape Verde collected their first three points of the campaign on Friday.

Possible changes

Baxter also hinted that, following Friday’s setback, he may ring some changes and look to take a more offensive approach.

“It is definitely going to be an open game considering Cape Verde would be more confident and we would go for it. Cape Verde would be feeling confident, hopeful and I foresee a very competitive game.”

South Africa will also be buoyed by the return of Vittesse midfielder, Thulani Serero who is now available for selection after picking up a slight knock which ruled him out of Friday’s game.

Baxter might also have to turn to third choice keeper, Ronwen Williams again. First choice, Itumeleng Khune is still ruled out while recovering from a lung infection, while the Wits stopper is also out with a knee injury.

Other keepers in the squad are Orlando Pirates’ new signing, Wayne Sandilands and Cape Town City FC’s Shu-Aib Walters.

Of the outfield players, one guaranteed absentee will be defender, Eric Matoho, who will be serving a suspension after picking up a red card in the last game.

Cape Verde vs Bafana Bafana head-to-head

The two sides have met on four previous occasions. You need no reminder of what happened the last time out, but before that, South African won twice and drew once.

Starting XI:

Bafana: Sandilands, Gould, Hlatshwayo, Hlanti, Mphahlele, Furman, Kekana, Zwane, Dolly, Grobler, Rantie.

Cape Verde: Dias, Almeida, Pereira, Rodrigues Dos Santos, Da Druz, Soares, Rocha, Rodrigues, Mendes, Tavares.

Watch live Bafana Bafana vs Cape Verde live:

Kick off is at 19:00 SAST on Friday and both SABC 1 and SuperSport4 will show the match live.