Bafana Bafana and the Black Stars have finally confirmed their fourth opponent in the quest for AFCON 2021. It’s Sao Tome... and let’s find out who they are.
The AFCON 2021 Group C initially had Sudan, Ghana, and South Africa while Sao Tome battled Mauritius for the final slot.
The Central African side beat Mauritius 2-1 last week at home and after a first leg 3-1 win away.
So let’s learn about Sao Tome & Principe…
- Adriano Eusebio(preferred formation: 4-2-3-1).
- The national flag has a red triangle situated at the hoist, with three horizontal green, yellow and green bands. It has two five-pointed black stars at the center: 🇸🇹
Where are they located?
- The country is up Central Africa on a West island that is nestled near the equator. Their closest neighbours are Gabon & Equatorial Guinea. We imagine they’re hugely inspired by Pierre Emmerick-Aubameyang and Naby Keita.
What’s their language?
- Sao Tome are a Portuguese-speaking nation.
What colours do they wear?
- Sao Tome’s look and colours are actually a hybrid of South Africa and Ghanaian kits. Their home gear is a complete clash with SA. They wear all yellow. The away jersey has thick red, yellow and green tops.
- Never qualified.
What is their nickname?
- Seleção dos Falcões e Papagaios (The Falcons and True Parrots Team).
Main stadium ground
- Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho. It’s found in the neighbourhood of Ponta da Mina which is southeast of the capital. It’s a 6,500-capacity venue and unfortunately has artificial grass.
Player to watch
- José da Silva but everyone knows him as Ze. The 27-year-old striker is this calendar’s top goal-scorer (three goals in 17). He plays his football for Sporting Praia Cruz in the local game.
Ghana and South Africa will kick off the qualifiers against each other between 11-14 November. Sao Tome will meanwhile take on Sudan in the same weekend.
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