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Five Afcon qualifier matches to watch this weekend


/ by Obiweluozo Martins
The African Nations cup qualifier for the carbon 2017 showpiece world becoming to a dose this weekend with teams like Senegal, Egypt, Cape Verde, Cameroon all booked a place alongside with the host Gabon for a place in the next year Afcon tertian game would some various purpose for their respective teams in Africa. With Nigeria out of the race and facing Tanzania certain things are for be looked forward to even as the Egyptians, Chad home game have been cancelled citing different challenges as reason for the cancellations. This note we take a look at five games to be played on the African scene as qualifiers draws to a close.
The super Eagles will be at home to the Taifa stars of Tanzania in the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo later today in the Afcon with a high level of expectation from the Nigerians as they supporters are set to converge for kick-off, the Eagles will there array of stars like John obi Mikel (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Watford) and assistant skipper Ahmed Musa (Leicester City) all in attendance the Eagles will be expected to beat the Taifa stars at least on the home front but that is not all that catches the eye as the visiting Tanzania side will be hoping to cause an upset as an unknown quantities and with football nothing is guaranteed even as the Uyo Stadium have not really been as laughter ground for Eagles following recent failures and disappointing outcomes at the match venue. Also the German cannot Rohr will be making his Super Eagles debt at on the coaching his seat as Nigeria are watching in earnest to see how the German will fare against Tanzania possibly with a win.

The Black stars of Ghana will be welcoming the Rwanda side in a last home game in the Nations cup qualifiers but it will be nice to see how the African giants will fare at home amongst some certain challenges and chaos rocking the football scene in Accra, Ghana now the Ghanaian sports minister was allegly criticized for falling on his duties when he advice Aram currant, the Ghana Head coach to prosecute the final game against Rwanda will a pool of home based players thereby not releasing transport games for the foreign players ticket (flight) down for the game which other nations are using to fine tune strategies for world cup qualification this have forced Ghanaian players to pay for their ticket down to Ghana for the match with West Ham star Andre Ayew standing in to bell the cat and put an to the current situation. This criticism directed towards the sports minister have generated chaos in the Ghana football as Asante citied that qualification is already guarantee for next year’s Afcon as his reason for his decision. It will be nice to see how the Black stars will handle this and put up a great showing against Rwanda as they will be captain by Udinese Emmanuel Agyemang Badu.

The two South African Nations, who are Neighbours to Zambia and South Africa will lock horn once again in Luanda as both sides continue rivalry on the match turf when the reference sets the ball rolling. The Angolan side have struggled over the years after the golden generation captained by fabric Akwa denied Nigeria a place in 2006 world cap in the unfortunate head-to-head rule as they defeat Nigeria 1-0 in Luanda and drew 1-1 with Nigeria in Abuja after Nigeria have taken the lead through inspirational captain Austin Jay-Jay Okocha from a decent free-kick, with football rising in Cape Verde following the influx of foreign-born talent who have Portuguese blood in their veins within the Cape Verde expected the Island to become a tough nut for host Angola to crack at home when the Portuguese Speaking Countries take to the pitch bearing in mind the Cape Verde Island have booked a place in the African show piece next year (2017) in Gabon.
    Djoum will hope to force his way into the Cameroon squad. Pic: Getty    
The indomitable lions at least should record another win against another African football minnows Gambia who are visiting Cameroon for their some sorts of pound of flesh in their minds after they lost 0-1 at home to the indomitable lions earlier with qualifying series. The Cameroonians have already qualified for the Tournament in Gabon 2017 but will used they game to text some new players as the Cameroon coach Volker Finke had decided to call up some fresh legs like the 27 years old Heats FC midfielder Arnaud Djoum who was very much delighted with his call up despite been eligible to play for Belgium following a stinct at the Belgian league. Though players like Liverpool defender Joel Matip have constantly turned down a move fore present his fatherland Cameroon in recent times despite featuring for the African power house in 2010 and 2014 world cup with no clear reason Finke have decide to leave out regulars Nicolas Nkoulou, Eyong Enoh, Alex Song, Aurelio Chedjou and co to try out fresh level who can bolster the squad for future assignment as Nigerians (Rohr) keep an eye on the Cameroon our opponent with respect to the looming world cup qualifiers which lots up later in the year.

The Terenga lions of Senegal are another side to watch in the qualifiers not necessarily because of any form of football crises in Senegal or for any spying deliberations but to the fact that the likes of West Ham Cheick Kouyate, Crystal Palace left back Pape N’diaye SouarĂ© and the forward pairing of talent due of Liverpool new signing Sadio Mane who moved from Southampton to join the Reds in the summer and the talented Balde keita who will surely from a great attack for the Teranga wins ahead of a home match with Namibia who got nothing to loose in defeat as they lost in the first leg 2-0 as well with Mane the architect of that defeat earlier in the qualifiers. The Terenga lion of Senegal possess an array of talent and it will be interesting to see how they conform when they take on Namibia bearing in mind that Senegal have been handed a decent and ran gable group in the World Cup qualifiers.                 
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