Burundi,Lesotho and Comoros seeking first appearance
At the end of this weekend, the 24 countries that will grace this year’s Total African Cup of nations will be decided as teams take to different pitches across the continent.
With a couple of slots already sealed, fierce action will be witnessed in Burundi, Comoros, Lesotho and Tanzania where the three (Tanzania not included) countries will be fighting to play in the tournament for the first time joining Madagascar and Mauritania.
14 countries have sealed their slots with 10 others set to complete the 24 team line up this weekend, the 14 include seven time champions Egypt, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Uganda, Kenya, Mauritania and Madagascar.
Defending Champions Cameron must beat Comoros in group B to qualify while Group G all the four teams have got a chance of qualifying with DR Congo hosting Liberia as Congo travel to Harare to meet Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has 8 points, Liberia 7 and Congo DR and Congo with six each.
Group K is open after Zambia was tossed out. Guinea Bissau and Namibia both on 8 points meet in Bissau while Namibia on seven points take on eliminated Zambia in Lusaka.
In Group C, Burundi will only need a draw against Gabon to go through when the two teams meet in Bujumbura.
Group I will see Angola(9pts) and Burkina Faso (7pts) push to get the remaining ticket after Mauritania had earlier confirmed qualification. Angola face Botswana while Burkina Faso take on Mauritania.
A similar battle is expected in Group D when Benin (7pts), Gambia and Togo both five points battle for the remaining slot after Algeria had secured qualification.
In group L, three teams have realistic chances of making it to Egypt with already qualified Uganda taking on neighbors Tanzania. Lesotho will take on Cape Verde away.
South Africa’s clash against Libya in Tunisia will decide who joins Nigeria with Bafana Bafana needing a draw to qualify