Road to Morocco reaches fever pitch

2014-10-08 16:21
AFCON 2015

Cape Town - Qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco reaches the halfway mark this weekend and with it comes the added pressure of winning to remain in contention for a place in the finals.

As many as 10 nations, including seven-time champions Egypt, are in danger of being knocked out of the qualifiers after just three of the six qualifying matches.

Nothing but the three points awarded for a victory will do for the Pharoahs, Lesotho, Botswana, Togo, Sierra Leone, Angola, Ethiopia and Sudan if they are continue in the qualifying process as challengers and not as teams making up the numbers in the group. This scenario makes Egypt’s visit to Botswana and Lesotho’s hosting of Angola on Friday, October 10 relegation six-pointers.  

Defending champions Nigeria also find themselves teetering on the brink of elimination, having failed to register a win in their first two matches. The Super Eagles are the third-placed team in Group A, three points adrift of second-placed South Africa and five off Congo, who top the group.

With Sudan, the group’s whipping boys up next for them, back-to-back, winning ways should be restored. The first match is on Saturday, October 11 (live on SS3 from 18:30) with the return leg on Wednesday (SS3 from 17:55).

For the first time in a long while South Africa look destined to qualify for a major competition. Under new coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba, Bafana Bafana seem to have found a new lease on life and look a confident team away from home. They are on the road this weekend, in Congo, live on SS3 from 16:00 on Saturday, and have a realistic chance of leaving Pointe Noire with points. 

Broadcast details (SA time)

Friday, October 10

Lesotho vs Angola (SS4 HD, Maximo at 18:00)

Guinea vs Ghana (SS3 HD, SS3N, Select1 at 18:30)

Senegal vs Tunisia (SS3 HD, SS3N, Maximo at 21:30)

 Saturday, October 11

Malawi vs Algeria (SS4 HD, at 14:15) 

Uganda vs Togo (SS9E at 15:00)

Mozambique vs Cape Verde (Maximo at 15:55) 

Congo vs South Africa (SS3 HD, SS3N, Maximo2 at 16:00)

Niger vs Zambia (SS4 HD at 16:45)

Sudan vs Nigeria (SS3 HD, SS3N, Maximo2, Select1 at 18:30)

Wednesday, October 15

Cameroon vs Sierra Leone (SS3 HD, SS3N, Maximo2 at 15:30) 

Angola vs Lesotho (Maximo at 17:30) 

Ghana vs Guinea (SS4 HD, at 17: 45) 

Zambia vs Niger (SS9 at 17:45) 

Nigeria vs Sudan (SS3 HD, SS3N, Select1 at 17:55) 

Ivory Coast vs DRC (SS7 HD, SS7N at 18:45) 

Cape Verde vs Mozambique (Maximo2 at 19: 15)  

South Africa vs Congo (SS3 HD, SS3N, Maximo2 at 20:00)

Tunisia vs Senegal (SS4 HD, Maximo2 at 21:00)

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