• FT

    Benin

    1

    Cameroon

    4

  • FT

    Botswana

    1

    Tunisia

    3

  • FT

    Cape Verde

    1

    South Africa

    2

  • FT

    Morocco

    4

    Malawi

    1

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING - CAF

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Cape Verde Islands

  • Cafu 78'

1 - 2

FT

South Africa

  • Benedict McCarthy 6'
  • Delron Buckley 14'

Cape Verde Islands 1-2 South African

PRAIA, June 4 (Reuters) - Two quick goals put paid to any

hopes of a fairytale accession to the top of the World Cup

African zone Group Two standings for the Cape Verde Islands,

beaten 2-1 by South Africa in Praia on Saturday.

South Africa scored twice in the space of two minutes early

on to set the platform for their win, which puts them now five

points clear in the group on 15 points from seven games.

Benni McCarthy scored first after 11 minutes with a glancing

header from Delron Buckley's cross, surprisingly allowed plenty

of space in front of the Cape Verdian goal.

Then Buckley added the second within two minutes, hitting a

spectacular half volley with his left foot from a tight angle.

But South Africa, seeking to qualify for their third

successive World Cup finals, were kept on edge throughout by the

Cape Verdians, who started the game just two points behind in

second place and would have gone top had they won.

Substitute Mateus struck the crossbar midway through the

second half before Boavista's Cafu pulled one back for the

islanders with 12 minutes left, stabbing home from close range

after a superb bicycle kick pass from fellow striker Calo.

It was the first home defeat in the campaign for Cape Verde,

playing in only their second World Cup qualifying campaign.

Scoring Summary

  • Cape Verde Islands
  • South Africa
Cafu (78')