Cape Town - The second matchday of group stage fixtures in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers will be played this weekend, with no less than 26 matches taking place across the continent from Friday to Sunday.
With the qualifiers only set to resume in nearly seven months’ time when the third matchday is played in late March, this weekend’s fixtures represent another crucial stage for those with ambitions of reaching the 2017 finals in Gabon.
The action gets underway with a single game on Friday afternoon, as Togo look to take charge of Group A when they face minnows Djibouti away from home.
Saturday brings with it no less than 13 matches spread all around the continent. Some of the most highly-anticipated matches include Cosafa Cup champions Namibia hosting Senegal, Ghana facing a tricky trip to Rwanda and Tanzania hosting powerhouses Nigeria.
The evening kick-offs on Saturday see South Africa with a must-win tie at little-known Mauritania, while hosts Gabon will play a friendly against Group I competitors Sudan.
Reigning champions Ivory Coast enter the fray on Sunday when they face Sierra Leone away from home, while top-ranked Algeria will fancy their chances of racking up another big win when they take on Lesotho in Maseru.
Egypt will target a second win in Group G when they head to Chad on Sunday afternoon, while Cameroon will want to keep control of Group M when they travel to face Gambia.
2017 AFCON qualifying fixtures, group stage, matchday two
All times CAT, group displayed in parenthesis
Friday, September 4
Djibouti v Togo (15:00, A)
Saturday, September 5
Comoros v Uganda (14:00, D)
Seychelles v Ethiopia (14:30, J)
Namibia v Senegal (15:30, K)
Burundi v Niger (15:30, K)
Rwanda v Ghana (15:30, H)
Tanzania v Nigeria (15:30, G)
Botswana v Burkina Faso (16:00, D)
Sao Tome & Principe v Morocco (17:30, F)
Guinea-Bissau v Congo (18:00, E)
Liberia v Tunisia (18:00, A)
South Sudan v Equatorial Guinea (18:30, C)
Mauritania v South Africa (19:00, M)
Gabon v Sudan (19:00, I)
Sunday 6 September
Mauritius v Mozambique (13:00, H)
Madagascar v Angola (13:30, B)
Sierra Leone v Ivory Coast (14:00, I)
Swaziland v Malawi (15:00, L)
Lesotho v Algeria (15:00, J)
Zimbabwe v Guinea (15:00, L)
Kenya v Zambia (15:00, E)
CAR v DR Congo (16:00, B)
Chad v Egypt (16:30, G)
Benin v Mali (17:00, C)
Gambia v Cameroon (18:30, M)
Libya v Cape Verde (19:00, F)