Less than two months after the end of the African Cup of Nations (AfCON) hosted in Gabon, the African teams are back to the pitch in a series of friendly matches scheduled over the week-end.The two games of the new champions of Africa, Cameroon against Tunisia and Guinea respectively are to be keenly followed.
Freshly recruited by the Ivoirian football federation and poised to officially take over on 1st April, the Belgian Marc Wilmots, will not be on the bench while the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire cross sword with Russia and Senegal, under the leadership of interim coach, Ibrahim Kamara.
Missing the last AfCON, Nigeria is on the revival, made the pledge to book their ticket to the 2018 World Cup to be hosted by Russia.
After a 1-1 draw against Senegal, Thursday in London, the Super Eagles will play Burkina Faso on Sunday.
Almost all the continent’s big names will be solicited during the break for international games, except Ghana and Algeria, as both squads are to hire to coach in the wake of their missed 2017 AfCON.
The African teams are warming up ahead of the start of the 2019 AfCON qualifiers scheduled for early June and the third round of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.
The following are the fixtures for the international friendly games:
-Thursday 23 March :
– In Machakos : Kenya – Uganda 1-1
-In London : Nigeria – Senegal 1-1
-Friday 24 March :
-In Alexandria : Libya – Togo
-In Versailles : Guinea – Gabon
-In Marrakech : Morocco – Burkina Faso
-In Monastir : Tunisia – Cameroon
-In Nouakchott : Mauritania – Benin
-In Krasnodar : Russia – Cote d’Ivoire
-Saturday 25 March :
-In Dar Es Salaam : Tanzania – Botswana
-In Durban : South Africa – Guinea Bissau
-In Maputo : Mozambique – Angola
-Sunday 26 March :
-In Harare : Zimbabwe – Zambia
-In Machakos : Kenya – Congo
-In Kenitra : Central African Republic– Gambia
-Monday 27 March :
-In Paris : Senegal – Cote d’Ivoire
-In Nouakchott : Mauritania – Congo
-In London: Nigeria – Burkina Faso
-In Dar Es Salaam : Tanzania – Burundi
-Tuesday 28 March :
-In London : South Africa – Angola
-In Borg El Arab : Egypt – Togo
-In Marrakech : Morocco – Tunisia
-In Brussels : Cameroon – Guinea
-In Hesperange : Luxemburg – Cape Verde
-In Beira : Mozambique – Lesotho