With 14 teams already qualified to join hosts for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), the like of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola and others to scramble for the remaining 10 spot in this weekend final round AFCON qualifiers.
Nigeria, Senegal, Madagascar, Morocco, Cameroon, Mali, Algeria, Ghana, Guinea, Mauritania, Tunisia and Uganda are already sure of their place at the continental showpiece in Egypt.
South Africa, Zimbabwe and Angola need to avoid defeat in the final qualifying fixtures compared to teams like Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho and Tanzania who must win to guarantee their space.
South Africa, who occupy second spot in Group E, are away to nomads Libya and will return to the grand stage of continental football should they hold the Mediterranean Knights to a stalemate. Victory will be a bonus, but defeat would mean a second successive AFCON tournament watched from the comfort of their couches by Bafana.
Zimbabwe’s Warriors sit pretty at the summit of Group G but must gain a point against Congo to secure qualification.
A home fixture against bottom-of-the-group Botswana should make Angola’s qualification a foregone conclusion. But, stranger things have happened in football and Palancas Negras must secure a point in order to shoot down Burkina Faso’s challenge and guarantee themselves progression to the finals.
Lesotho are on the cusp of a first-ever appearance at an Afcon finals and will qualify with a win over the Cape Verde Islands.
For Tanzania, a win doesn’t guarantee them qualification as they need other results in the group to go their way. The scenario for them is to beat Uganda and hope for a favour from the Cape Verde Islands of stopping Lesotho from winning.
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