Goal.com South Africa looks at how the Nations Cup foes are using this midweek Fifa date to play warm-up games before next year’s finals
South Africa’s three first round opponents at the upcoming 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals are all using the international week to prepare for the continental championship early next year with Angola, the Cape Verde Islands and Morocco playing Wednesday.
Angola and the Cape Verde play within kilometres of each other in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon while Morocco host Togo in Casablanca.
Angola are up against neighbours Congo (Brazzaville) in Estoril, on the Portuguese coast while the Cape Verde take on Ghana’s mighty Black Stars at the Lisbon University ground.
The Cape Verde match had been scheduled for Tuesday but has been moved back one day.
Cape Verde, who will be Nations Cup newcomers, meet Bafana Bafana in the opening game of the tournament at Soccer City on January 19 and are using Wednesday’s game to run their eye over new players Julio Tavares from French second division club Dijon and Adilson Cabral, who is a former Swiss junior international and plays at FC Basle.
Returning to the squad is the defender Josimar Lima from Dutch club FC Dordrecht but Ryan Mendes, Stopira & Odair Fortes all miss the game through injury.
Angola have recalled several veterans including Cypriot-based Gilberto and Marcos Airos at their squad for the game against Congo at the Estadio Antomio Coimbra do Moto.Morocco are sweating on the fitness of Liverpool attacker Oussama Assaidi ahead of their home game with Togo while the Italian-based defender Mehdi Benatia has withdrawn because of injury.