Bafana Bafana have been drawn in Group A for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, alongside continental titans Nigeria.
Only a handful of Africa's top 30 nations moved up in the latest FIFA world rankings which were released on Thursday morning.
Yaya Toure will be looking to scoop the African Player of the Year for a third successive time following the confirmation of the nominees.
CAF are stepping up their testing of players at age group levels in order to expose those turning out in the wrong age groups.
Cape Verde's World Cup qualifying campaign is over after FIFA found them guilty of fielding an ineligible player on Thursday.
Ghana weathered a late Cape Verdean storm for a 2-0 victory and became the first team to book their place in the 2013 AFCON semi-finals.
Cape Verde will be hoping to extend their debut showing at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with a win over Ghana.
A 91st minute goal from Heldon proved decisive as Cape Verde defeated Angola 2-1 to book their place in the quarter-finals of AFCON 2013.
The African Cup debutants Cape Verde have not disgraced themselves but Angola, the 2010 African Cup of Nations hosts, have disappointed.
Take a look at our player breakdown of Morocco and Cape Verde during their Africa Cup of Nations Group A clash.
A late goal from Youssef El-Arabi rescued Morocco a 1-1 draw against a determined Cape Verde side at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Morocco and Cape Verde will contest their first ever competitive match when they lock horns in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Bafana will raise the curtain on AFCON 2013 when they take on Group A rivals Cape Verde Islands at the National Stadium on Saturday.