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Watch a Cape Verde vs South Africa live stream

The Cape Verde vs South Africa quarter-final at AFCON 2023 today will be free on BBC iPlayer in the UK streaming free on the New World TV website and app in Sub-Saharan Africa. It's on beIN Sports in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Away from home? You can use a VPN to unblock your stream from anywhere. Full details on how to watch the Cape Verde vs South Africa live stream, wherever you are, continue below.

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Kick-off: Feb. 3, 2024, 8pm GMT / 3pm ET / 12pm PT / 7am AEDT (Feb. 4)
FREE live stream: BBC iPlayer
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Cape Verde vs South Africa: preview

The Cape Verde vs South Africa live stream is a rather unexpected AFCON 2023 quarter-final. It sees one of the teams of the tournament meet a side who caused a shock in the last round

Cape Verde stunned everyone by topping a group that contained Egypt and Ghana. It earned them a Round of 16 tie against Mauritania, which they won 1-0. South Africa also caused a shock by knocking out World Cup semi-finalists Morocco in the last round. 

There are not a host of players well-known beyond Africa in this tie. Most of the Bafana Bafana side play in their country's domestic league. Bebe, formerly of Man Utd, and Sporting’s Jovane Cabral are the most high-profile Blue Sharks players. The latter starts today.

This is only the fourth time Cape Verde have qualified for Africa Cup of Nations. South Africa, meanwhile, have not made it to the semi-final stage since 2000. Neither will want to waste a hard-earned opportunity to make into the final four, so today's game could be a tense affair. That said, the sides have scored a combined 14 goals in four games so far in this tournament so will not be shot shy.

Here's how they line up:

Cape Verde: Vozinha, Moreira, Costa, Lopes, Moreira Fernandes, Alvarenga, Gonçalves Pereira de Pina, Rocha Santos, Rodrigues, Mendes (c), Boges Cabra

South Africa: Williams (c), Mudau, Kekana, Mvala, Modiba, Mokoena, Sithole, Morena, Zwane, Tau, Makgopa

In this guide, we explain how to get a Cape Verde vs South Africa live stream and watch the Africa Cup of Nations 2023, with the help of a VPN if you're away traveling at the moment.

FREE Cape Verde vs South Africa live streams

Where to find FREE Cape Verde vs South Africa live streams

The UK's BBC iPlayer (free to watch with a TV licence) will show 10 games from AFCON 2023, including Cape Verde vs South Africa, both semi-finals and the final.

In South Africa, SABC is offering free streams of games, including Cape Verde vs South Africa.

If you're overseas when AFCON 2023 is on, it's possible to use the no.1 soccer VPN to unblock your usual stream from anywhere. Find more details below.

How to watch Cape Verde vs South Africa from outside your country

If you’re overseas when Cape Verde vs South Africa is on and try to watch the live action on your normal streaming service, you'll inevitably find that the coverage is blocked due to geographical rights reasons.

You can get past these blocks, however, by using a VPN. A virtual private network allows you to change your computer, smartphone or streaming device's IP address to a location that is showing your usual coverage.

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You can get started with a VPN in three easy steps:

1. Download and install a VPN – as we say, our top choice is ExpressVPN.

2. Connect to the appropriate server location – open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location. For example, you can use Express's UK server to watch BBC iPlayer.

3. Go to the broadcaster's stream – head to the relevant streaming service and watch as if you were back at home.

Global Cape Verde vs South Africa live streams

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How to watch Cape Verde vs South Africa live streams in the UK


The BBC will stream Cape Verde vs South Africa for free along with 9 other AFCON 2023 matches.

Sky Sports, though, has been named as the broadcaster for all 52 games in the UK. They will be shown across its Sky Sports Football or Sky Sports Mix channels. That includes Cape Verde vs South Africa too.

Sky Sports subscribers can also watch the football via the Sky Go streaming service, which has dedicated apps for desktop, iOS, Android, and Xbox and PlayStation consoles. If you want to sign up, you can check out our dedicated guide to Sky TV deals and packages for today's best prices.

Don't fancy being locked in to a long, expensive contract? Now Sports offers a more flexible option with Day (£11.99) and Month (£34.99) Membership options.

To access your usual streaming service from outside the UK, you'll need to download a good streaming VPN, as detailed above. 

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How to watch Cape Verde vs South Africa without cable in the US

beIN Sports

International pay-TV sports specialist beIN Sports is the exclusive broadcaster of AFCON 2023, including Cape Verde vs South Africa in the US. beIN Sports is available on a selection of cable providers.

To watch the African Cup of Nations without cable, you can watch the action through an OTT cord-cutting service.

Sling TV is probably the best value around. You'll need one of its base Orange or Blue plans, costing from $40 a month (50% off your first 30 days) and then get its Sports Extra add-on for just $11 more.

Another costlier (but more thorough) option is Fubo. Its standard Pro plan generally costs $74.99 a month for access to more than 180 channels – including beIN. You can test out the service with the Fubo FREE 7-day trial and currently you can get $20 off your first month.

Dish TV and YouTube TV also have plans that carry beIN Sports.

And don't forget, a quality VPN will let you take your preferred streaming service with you wherever you go, even if that happens to be abroad.

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How to watch Cape Verde vs South Africa: live stream soccer in Canada

beIN Sports

Much like in the US, beIN Sports is the exclusive broadcaster of AFCON 2023 in Canada. That means you can watch Cape Verde vs South Africa.

beIN is available through most cable providers, including Bell, Rogers and Shaw, but there's also the option for cord cutters to use beIN's standalone streaming service BeIN Sports Connect.

The service is available for a modest outlay of $14.99 for a monthly pass or a yearly commitment for $99.99 per year. It has dedicated apps for smartphones and tablets, as well as a number of Smart TV platforms.

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How to live stream Cape Verde vs South Africa in Australia

beIN Sports

Those Down Under can enjoy the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, including Cape Verde vs South Africa, on beIN Sports.

beIN Sports costs $14.99 a month or you can effectively get 12 months for the price of 10 with the $149.99 annual plan. And if you're new to the specialist sports streamer, you can take advantage of its FREE one-week trial.

For beIN subscribers who find themselves outside Australia while the event is on, you can use a VPN to avoid annoying geo-blocking.

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How to watch Cape Verde vs South Africa football in New Zealand


beIN Sports is New Zealand's official broadcaster of Africa Cup of Nations live streams, including Cape Verde vs South Africa.

The service costs $14.99 a month or $149.99 a year, and there's a one-week FREE trial available for new customers to beIN.

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