Africa Cup of Nations defending champions Nigeria Super Eagles, head for a crucial encounter on Wednesday against third placed Sudan at home in Nigeria, seeking three points to add their one, they currently hold at the foot of group A.

Coach Stephen Keshi’s side lost to the same Sudan 1-0 in Khartoum on Saturday courtesy of Bakri Al Madina’s 42nd minute strike and to qualify they must realistically beat the outfit to enliven their chances.

Keshi whose future with team remains up in the air ahead of the encounter, expects fans to be patient despite the disappointing results so far.

“We just hope that the fans will come out and encourage the players, and also support them. They also have to be patient with the players, and try not to boo them,” he said. 

Group A leaders South Africa need to beat second placed Congo to seal their place in the next year’s final tournament.

Algeria who have won all their group B games so far host Malawi, expecting to maintain their 100 percent winning record in these qualifiers.

Algeria defeated Ethiopia 1-2 in their opening match, edged Mali 1-0 at home before thumping Malawi 2-0 on Saturday through Halliche and Mesbah’s 11th and 90th minute goals in Blantyre.

Group D leaders, Cameroon take on Sierra Leone again, after Saturday’s 0-0 draw away from home. Coach Johnny McKinstry’s side visit Yaounde, with Ivory Coast and Congo DR facing off in the group’s other fixture.

Group E will have Uganda face Togo following 1-0 loss in Kampala, that saw the Togolese side gain three points despite remaining at the bottom of the group. The log remains tricky as Ghana who lead with 5points face Guinea locked at 4 with Uganda. Victory from any outfit brightens their chances of progress to the finals. 

Wednesday Fixtures 
Group A 
Nigeria Vs Sudan 
South Africa Vs Congo 

Group B 
Algeria Vs Malawi 
Mali Vs Ethiopia 

Group C 
Burkina Vs Gabon 
Angola Vs Lesotho 

Group D 
Cameroon Vs Sierra Leone 
Côte d’Ivoire Vs Congo DR 

Group E 
Togo Vs Uganda 
Ghana Vs Guinea 

Group F 
Zambia Vs Niger 
Cape Verde Vs Mozambique 

Group G 
Egypt Vs Botswana 
Tunisia Vs Senegal

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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