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Players to watch in World Cup qualifier between Cape Verde and Bafana Bafana

Posted: 1 September 2017 Time: 15:12

KickOff.com looks at some players that could make a difference in Bafana Bafana's 2018 World Cup qualifier with Cape Verde in Praia tonight.

READ: Bafana XI vs Cape Verde

Kick-off is at 20h30 at Estadio Nacional.

South Africa

Thulani Hlatshwayo
The Bidvest Wits captain and centre-back has made a name for himself in the national team by putting in consistent and efficient defensive performances. 'Tyson' leads by example and provides a solid foundation for the rest of the team going forward. With 25 international caps and three goals to his name, Hlatshwayo’s experience at both ends of the pitch could be vital against Cape Verde.

Dean Furman
Midfielder Furman has been an important part of SuperSport United’s starting line-up and has become a regular in the national squad, earning 29 caps since being handed his debut by Gordon Igesund in 2012. Tonight he is paired with Bongani Zungu in the engine room and Stuart Baxter - who has fielded quite an attacking outfit this evening - will expect a typically tireless display from the former Doncaster Rovers man.

Lebogang Manyama
The reigning PSL Footballer of the Season comes into the team at the expense of fellow attacker Sibusiso Vilakazi, who started in the 2-0 win over Nigeria in a 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier in June. Manyama is fresh off securing a move to Turkish topflight outfit Konyaspor FC, subject to a medical. With the bustling but limited Tokelo Rantie leading the line, much will be expected of Manyama to make things happen in the final third as he also looks to combine with Keagan Dolly and company.

Cape Verde

Fernando Varela
The 29-year-old centre-back boasts 35 caps and three goals for his country. He plays his football for Greek top-tier side PAOK. His versatility in being able to play in midfield as well as defense could come in handy.

Garry Rodrigues
An exciting left winger who currently plays for Turkish giants Galatasaray SK. His pace and attacking prowess makes him one to look out for. With his national team struggling for goals of late, the 26-year-old will be hoping to make an impression against the visitors.

Ricardo Gomes
Cape Verde’s 25-year-old centre-forward is relatively new to the international scene compared to many of his teammates, but shows promise and will look to add to his sole strike to date for the islanders.

By Thaaqib 'Benni' Daniels

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