Matchday three of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers continues on Thursday with ten games as competition for places at the Cameroon 2022 finals intensifies.
Uganda Cranes will take on South Sudan at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende with the Johnathan McKinstry coached side bracing themselves for a win to increase their chances of third consecutive AFCON appearance.
The East African giants sit on top of group B with four points from two games after a draw against Burkina Faso (0-0) and a win (2-0) against Malawi.
South Sudan, on the other hand, are bottom without a point from two games which makes Thursday’s tie a very important for them to keep their qualification chances alive
Still, in Group B, Burkina Faso will welcome Malawi at Stade du 4 Août with the hosts aiming at making it seven points from three games.
The visitors are striving to reach their first AFCON finals since 2010 and a win could do their chances a lot of good.
In Group C, Ghana will be aiming at cementing their top of the table status when they take on Sudan at Cape Coast Sports Stadium.
The Black Stars have six points from two games after victories over South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.
Sudan are on three points from two games following their 4-0 win against Sao Tome and 1-0 loss to South Africa, a win will move them into second level on points with Ghana.
National Heroes Stadium will host a COSAFA derby between Zambia and Botswana with both sides struggling at the bottom of Group H.
The 2012 AFCON winners are bottom of the group without a point while Botswana are third with just one point.
Zambia are aiming for a big improvement after suffering a very poor start to their qualification campaign last November with back-to-back defeats to Algeria and Zimbabwe.
Still in group H, Algeria can take a step closer to qualifying for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations if they register a win against Zimbabwe at Stade du 5 Juillet.
The defending champions have enjoyed a perfect start to their qualifying campaign, leading Group H with maximum points. They kicked off with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Zambia before narrow 1-0 win against Botswana.
Zimbabwe, are also unbeaten in Group H but their 2-1 win over Zambia was followed by a goalless draw with Botswana.
Congo will welcome Eswatini at the Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat with both sides hungry for three points in Group I. The hosts are second in with three points while Eswatini are on bottom of the log without a single point from two games played.
Meanwhile, West African giants Ivory Coast will lock horns with Madagascar at the Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara in a must-win tie for the hosts if they are to increase their qualification chances.
The visitors are the leaders of Group K having won both of their opening two fixtures, while Ivory Coast are three points behind after they suffered an unexpected defeat against Ethiopia last November.
Group F leaders Mozambique will continue their quest to qualify for the 2022 AFCON when they travel to face Cameroon at Stade de la Réunification.
A 2-0 win over Rwanda in their group opener last November was followed by a 2-2 draw with Cape Verde leaving Mozambique on top of the group with four points.
Cameroon on the other hand are currently second, level on points with Mozambique having also drawn one and won one of their opening matches. In the same vein, Cape Verde will take on Rwanda at Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde.
The Amavubi Stars are yet to register a point in their group having lost 2-0 in the first qualifier against Mozambique and went down 1-0 against Cameroon. On the other hand, Cape Verde are third having drawn against Cameroon and Mozambique in their two opening games.
In Group D, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Gabon will face off with Gambia at the Stade de Franceville in the top of the table clash. The two sides are on four points from two games played and a winner on Thursday will move to seven points on top.