THE PREDICTOR: Can Uganda shake off qualifier jinx?

Record seven-time champions Egypt and first-time qualifiers Guinea-Bissau, with Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Zimbabwe and hosts Gabon among 10 countries who have booked places at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. This weekend will define the final six.

AFCON QUALIFIERS
Record seven-time champions Egypt and first-time qualifiers Guinea-Bissau, with Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Zimbabwe and hosts Gabon among 10 countries who have booked places at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. This weekend will define the final six.

SATURDAY
C. Verde 3-1 Libya 4pm
Islanders Cape Verde are bidding for the third straight finals appearance but they have to do it as one of two best-second place teams because Morocco already topped Group F.

I. COAST 2-2 S. LEONE 8pm
Nigeria became the first champions to fail to qualify to defend their crown in 2015 and Ivory Coast risk joining them on the unpallatable locker room if they fail to beat Sierra Leone at home tonight. By the time the defending champions take to the pitch, Gabon would probably be smarting at the top of the table if they beat Sudan in Khartoum. And the Ivorians would lose even second place if they lose. I see a draw.

SUNDAY
Uganda 1-1 COMOROS 4Pm
A win of any kind will exorcise the ghost that has haunted Uganda since 1978, but Comoros are playing for pride. The gutsy 1-0 win in corresponding fixture means this is a close tie.

OTHER FIXTURES
Ethiopia 2-0 SYCHELLES
CamEROON 4-0 GAMBIA
ANGOLA 2-1 MADAGASCAR
GHANA 5-1 RWANDA
NIGERIA 1-1 TANZANIA
Mozambique 0-0 MAURITIUS
SENEGAL 5-0 NAMIBIA
B. FASO 3-1 BOTSWANA
MALAWI 1-2 SWAZILAND
ZAMBIA 0-0 KENYA
E. GUINEA 1-0 S. Sudan
CONGO 1-3 G. BISSAU
DR CONGO 2-1 CAR
GUINEA 0-2 ZIMBABWE
TUNISIA 2-0 LIBERIA
TOGO 3-1 DJIBOUTI

 

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