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Senegal take control of World Cup destiny after beating Cape Verde

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Senegal are well on course to qualify for the World Cup next year after a 2-0 victory in Cape Verde on Saturday that took them top of qualifying Group D.

The Lions of Teranga looked dangerous throughout the match but faced a well organised Cape Verde side, and were made to sweat for the result on the home side's artificial National Stadium pitch.

After a goalless first half, Senegal grew stronger in the second period but created their best chances late in the half.

Keite Balde Diao almost opened...

Nigeria, Bafana drop in FIFA rankings, Cape Verde big climbers

Nigeria and South Africa have both dropped in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday, while Cape Verde are Africa's big climbers.

The Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana enjoyed diverse fortunes during the recent World Cup qualifiers, but both continental heavyweights dropped during the latest update to the world rankings.

South Africa - beaten home and away by Cape Verde - drop to 80th in the latest rankings, which represents their lowest standing since 2013 during Gorden Igesund's tenure.

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South Africa player ratings after Cape Verde debacle

South Africa's 2-1 home World Cup qualifier loss to Cape Verde on Tuesday has dented their chances of reaching the finals in Russia.

It was a desperately disappointing display from Stuart Baxter's side, with few players coming out of the game with reputations enhanced.

In this feature, KweseESPN rates the Bafana Bafana players at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. 6 - Wayne Sandilands: He was brought in to replace the nervy-looking Ronwen Williams after Friday's game in Praia and looked a lot...

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Bafana defeated as Cape Verde boost World Cup hopes

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Cape Verde's Garry Rodrigues scored twice as Cape Verde won 2-1 away in South Africa to deny Bafana Bafana the chance to take top spot in Group D.

Stuart Baxter's side threatened a late comeback after Andile Jali halved the deficit, but they were left to rue an international break in which the A team suffered consecutive back-to-back defeats for the first time since 2009, shredding their hopes of reaching Russia.

The loss leaves South Africa bottom of Group D after taking four points from their...

Same old, same old from below-par Bafana Bafana

The more things change the more they stay the same for South Africa, whose recent revival has seemingly been ground to a halt after a dismal 2-1 defeat to Cape Verde in a World Cup qualifier in Praia on Friday.

June's excellent 2-0 victory away in Nigeria at the start of the African Nations Cup preliminaries, coupled with some impressive friendly results, showed the rich potential of the side.

But as with other Bafana Bafana teams over the last 15 years or so, they have shown too they have the potential...