The hunt for slots at the finals of the Orange 2015 Africa Nations Cup resumes this Wednesday in various venues across Africa.
For nations like Algeria, South Africa, Cameroon, Senegal and or Tunisia, victory will see them seal off a place for Morocco with two games to spare while defending champions Nigeria risk missing out on defending their crown if they fail to beat Sudan.
Kawowo Sports’ Ismael Kiyonga previews all the games including Togo vs Uganda in Lome.
South Africa Vs Congo Brazzaville
Against all odds, South Africa managed to pick a 2-0 victory away in Congo on Saturday and will be looking to build on that when they play at home.
However, it won’t come easy as Congo has the ability to stun Bafana Bafana in front of their fans as they did away in Nigeria.
Besides, all South Africa’s victories have come away from home while Congo is yet to lose on the road.
A win for the hosts will put them put them on 10 points and thus book them a slot at the finals with two games in hand.
On the other hand, maximum points for the visitors will see them leapfrog the hosts into first place with 9 points.
Nigeria Vs Sudan
Defending champions Nigeria who sit bottom of the group with one point host Sudan knowing that any result less than victory will leave their hopes of defending the crown quashed.
As for Sudan, avoiding a loss will keep their hopes on track.
Sudan stunned the Super Eagles in Khartoum on Saturday and will hope to repeat the feat plus draw inspiration from Congo Brazzaville who won in Nigeria.
Algeria Vs Malawi
The Desert Foxes host the Flames in Algiers targeting a point to get the duty out of their way. Algeria won the reverse fixture 2-0 over the weekend and remain the only nation in the campaign with a perfect record as they lead the group with maximum points from three fixtures.
Mali Vs Ethiopia
After edging the Walya Antelopes 2-0 in Addis Ababba on Saturday, Mali may also join Algeria from group B with victory at home against Ethiopia.
The West Africans sit second on 6 points and victory will put them on 9 points albeit needing a point from two fixtures.
Burkina Faso Vs Gabon
2013 AFCON finalists Burkina Faso will look to revenge a 2-0 defeat inflicted on them by Gabon on Saturday as they play hosts on Wednesday.
The 1998 hosts sit second on the log with 6 points just one behind leaders Gabon thus victory will lift them above the visitors.
Angola Vs Lesotho
Angola forced a goalless draw in Lesotho over the weekend and will hope to put their campaign back on track with victory in Luanda.
The hosts are still bottom of the log with a point but a win will see them go third with four points with two fixtures to go.
Group D: Cameroon Vs Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone ended The Indomitable Lions’ perfect record with a barren draw on Saturday but expect the hosts to come out guns blazing to finish off the job.
Sitting on top of the group with 7 points, victory for the former champions will book them a slot at the finals with two fixtures in hand.
Cote d’Voire Vs DR Congo
Cote d’Voire put their campaign back on track by beating Sierra Leone and later earned a hard fought away victory in Kinshasa over the weekend having lost their opener 4-1 to Cameroon.
If the hosts beat DR Congo, they will go on 9 points and a point out of six remaining points will seal their slot for Morocco 2015.
Group E: Togo Vs Uganda
Togo revived their fortunes with a 1-0 victory over Uganda in Kampala and will hope to continue this by completing a double over The Cranes in Lome.
The Sparrow Hawks are yet to lose to Uganda in five meetings and victory will see them shift from bottom to top depending on how Ghana vs Guinea ends.
Ghana Vs Guinea
Ghana will be aiming to win their first home fixture in the campaign when they host Guinea who held them to a 1-1 draw in Casablanca on Saturday.
The Black Stars drew their first home game 1-1 draw against Uganda and their only win has come away from home.
The hosts lead the group with 5 points and will hope to widen the gap with victory.
Zambia Vs Niger
2012 Champions Zambia risk losing out on a place at the finals in Morocco if they fail to beat Niger in Lusaka on Wednesday.
The Chipolopolo are yet to win a game in the campaign and were held to a 0-0 draw in Niger on Saturday.
They sit third in the group with 2 points albeit 4 behind table leaders Cape Verde
Cape Verde Vs Mozambique
Mozambique won the reverse fixture 2-0 on Saturday and will aim at completing a double when they visit Cape Verde.
Egypt Vs Botswana
Following losses in their opening two fixtures, Egypt revived the campaign hopes with a 2-0 victory away in Botswana.
The Pharaohs will now look to complete a double over the visitors which will lift them to third on the log with 6 points just 2 or 4 points behind leaders depending on how the game in Tunis between Senegal and Tunisia ends.
Tunisia Vs Senegal
The Carthage Eagles earned a vital away point in Dakar and a win at home will see them widen the gap at the top and automatically earn them a slot at Morocco 2015.