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Saturday March 26, Kick-off 16H GMT,Stade Omnisports Idriss Mahamat Ouya, N'Djaména

Leading a five-member Group K with 13 points, Botswana are about to qualify for their first African Cup of Nations ever, and the group’s current bottom finishers Chad (2pts) may not be able to shatter that dream during both teams’ face-off in N'Djaména on Saturday. The Zebras have floated a flawless campaign so far, winning four of their five games and a draw from an away fixture. Chad had gone down 1-0 against Botswana when they met last July, and there have been no indications that the Central African side has improved enough to stage revenge.

Mali – Zimbabwe: Saturday March 26, Kick-off 18H GMT, Stade 26 Mars, Bamako

Mali and Zimbabwe are second and third respectively in Group A topped by Cape Verde. Mali hardly loose their home games at the Stade 26 Mars, but with an initial robust roster depreciated by injuries, the scenario on Saturday might be different from what local fans had envisaged. However, Zimbabwe might not be the type to take such advantage, but they are equal to the task as well. Expect a meeting where anything can happen.

Madagascar – Guinea: Sunday March 27, Kick-off 13H GMT, Stade Municipal de Mahamasina, Antananarivo

With 6 points from two games, Guinea occupy pole position in Group B, with giants Nigeria trailing on 3 points. The Syli National have returned fire for fire since their continental campaign began, and it’s hard to imagine how Madagascar, currently first from bottom with naught, could quell that momentum on Sunday.

Burkina Faso – Namibia: Saturday March 26, Kick-off 18H GMT, Stade du 4-Août, Ouagadougou

In Group F slashed to three members after the withdrawal of Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Gambia are dictating leadership with 3 points each while Namibia are yet to bag any. Playing host to Namibia in Ouagadougou naturally gives the Stallions an upper hand unless the Brave Warriors are brave enough to stamp out that tradition.

Rwanda – Burundi: Saturday March 26, Kick-off 17H GMT, Stade Amahoro, Kigali

In Group H heavily dominated by continental giants Cote D’Ivoire (6pts), with Benin following on 4, Rwanda (0pt) and Burundi (1pt) have little reasons to fight on, however, their face-off will largely focus on how much improvement each coach has brought to their outfit rather than staying in the pursuit of the teams already ahead.

Cape Verde – Liberia: Sunday March 26, Kick-off 18H GMT, Estádio da Várzea, Praia

Cape Verde are on the go in Group A with 4 points under their belt and a cool home advantage against Liberia, who are rattling at the bottom of the group with a single point. A win however will not necessarily shield the hosts off a constant menace from second of the group Mali, who are likely to secure a victory too. The struggle for the group’s flag bearer continues.

Guinea Bissau – Uganda: Saturday March 26, Kick-off 18H GMT, Estádio Lino Correia, Bissau

Uganda top Group J with 4 points, but Guinea Bissau are hard on their heels with 3 points. Uganda would fight for a favorable outcome to stay atop while Guinea Bissau see a chance of making a swap to top while pushing Uganda behind in the process.

Sudan – Swaziland: Saturday March 26, Kick-off 18H GMT, Al-Merreikh Stadium, Omdurman

Ghana and Sudan dominate Group I with 4 points each, followed by Congo (3pt), with little or nothing left for Swaziland (0pt). Will Sudan use Swaziland to swell their spoils as Ghana make a risky trip to Congo?

Tanzania – CAR: Saturday March 26, Kick-off 15H GMT, Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar-es-Salaam

Tanzania have a home advantage opportunity of shooting from down below in Group D to sustain their campaign amidst CAR, Morocco and Algeria. But the Central Africans might not easily yield to that trap, regarding their awesome outings across the first and second rounds, holding Morocco to a scoreless tie away, and drowning Algeria 2-0 at home.

Libya – Comoros: Monday March 28, Kick-off 17H GMT, Stade 26 Mars, Bamako, Mali

Relocated to Mali due to continued violence in Libya, the north Africans are hoping to increase their 4 points lead against minnows Comoros, who are yet to score a single point after two games played. However, Libya coach Marcos Paqueta, who had flown in from Brazil where he went for cover, complains he has not been able to gather all his players, especially those stranded in rebel-held stronghold Benghazi.

Niger – Sierra Leone: Sunday March 27, Kick-off 17H GMT, Stade Général Seyni Kountché, Niamey

Niger are surprisingly second in Group G with 3 points after shocking AFCON title holders Egypt 1-0 in the second round qualifying. South Africa are toppers with 4 points while Sierra Leone are third with 2 points and Egypt sitting at bottom with 1 point. So many things are at stake in this group during the third round qualifying. South Africa and Egypt will tend to neutralize each other to stand tall while Niger, buoyed with the confidence from Egypt’s win, would not allow the Leoan Stars dictate in Niamey.

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