It’s that time or the month where club football takes a backseat and international football takes center stage.
The week of the international break is here. In the days to come, before the third weekend of the month, national anthem will be blasted in various stadia across the globe.
In Europe, it will be all about the UEFA Nations League. But in Africa, the race to qualify for the 2019 CAF African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament is on. After the radical changes made, the 16-team tournament has now been increased to 24.
Starting Wednesday, 48 countries will be battling it out for goals, points and a chance to feature at the finals set to take place in Cameroon for June to July next year.
Before the international break is over, 48 games will be played in the qualifying series. Let’s take a look at some of those games you can cash out from:
Nigeria vs. Libya
Both teams will be playing against each other twice before this international break is over. The Group E fixture will see the Super Eagles play the first leg at home before their return leg away. It’s pretty tight in this group.
Libya currently top the group with four points. The South Africans are in second place with the same number of points. Nigeria is in third, with three points, three goals scored and two conceded.
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2. Algeria vs. Benin
It may look like a mismatch on paper but the situation of things in Group D makes this one a tasty clash to look forward to.
Both sides are tied at the top of the group with the same number of points (four points). They both have identical number of wins, draws and losses.
The only thing that separated them is the goal difference: the North Africans have scored two goals and conceded just once while the Beninese have scored a goal and have kept a clean sheet in the two games played.
Does this mean that the first leg of this game will ended with under 2,5 goals?
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3. Egypt vs. Swaziland
Speaking of goal scoring, the Egyptians have blazed the trail since the qualifiers began. Their six goals scored in two games puts them right at the top of the goal scoring standings.
But they’re still second to Tunisia in the Group J standings, no thanks to their one win and one loss record so far.
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They have the chance to get their next three points – maybe five over both legs – against Swaziland. With no wins in their last two games, no goals scored since their qualifying campaign began, it looks like it will be an easy win for Mo Salah and co.
Football is still full of surprises. Which surprise result(s) are you looking forward to seeing in this round of CAF AFCON qualifying games? Leave us your comments and share your thoughts with us.Tags: CAF AFCON Qualifiers