The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is the most prestigious international football (soccer) tournament in Africa. It brings together national teams from across the continent to compete for the title of African champions. The tournament is an intense competition, showcasing the talent and diversity of African football. With passionate fans, matches, and memorable moments, AFCON is not only a sporting spectacle but also a celebration of African culture and unity.

However, during the recent AFCON match between Cape Verde and South Africa, the Cape Verdean women in the crowd stole the show, igniting social media into a frenzy. 

In the quarter-final match, the tension between South Africa and Cape Verde was tangible. Despite their efforts and a suspenseful finale, Cape Verde was unable to win the match. Yet, as the camera panned across the stadium, it lingered on the reactions of the Cape Verdean women in the crowd who were supporting their country. Stunned by the match, the women wore expressions of shock and sadness. 

The women quickly spread across social media platforms, particularly TikTok, where they went viral for their appearance. 

Beyond their physical appearance, the cameraman spent an unusually long time lingering on them throughout the game. In an era where moments can go viral in an instant, their presence at the game resonated with audiences worldwide, even those who were not soccer fans. 

Although their history is complex, their virality is sparking conversations about Cape Verde and encouraging cultural exchanges that can prompt people to learn more about Cape Verdean history, culture, and traditions.