Lagos - The continent of Africa gets busy this weekend as
countries aim to book a ticket to an eight-nation tournament in Senegal with
the top three finishers securing tickets to Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Nigeria travel to Pointe
Noire with the hope of finishing up positively after a 2-1 home victory over Congo in the first leg.
The Zambia-Ivory Coast, South Africa-Zimbabwe and
Tunisia-Morocco ties are also delicately balanced while Egypt and Mali should
progress at the expense of Uganda and Gabon respectively.
Zambia must do without defender Boyd Mkandawire, red-carded
during a goalless first leg in Abidjan, and be wary having held Nigeria away in
the All-Africa Games only to fail at home.
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South Africa, angered by what they believe was a "home
town decision" that earned Zimbabwe a penalty and an undeserved 1-1 draw,
warmed up for the return game with an impressive 2-0 victory over Rwanda.
"It has been a long time (15 years) since South Africa
last competed at the Olympics football tournament and I think this team has
what it takes to reach Rio," predicted coach Owen Da Gama.
Dominant Morocco could build only a 1-0 home lead over
Tunisia while Mali, who will lack suspended leading scorer Adama Niane, enjoy
home advantage and a 1-0 lead against Gabon.
Only a miraculous comeback can save Uganda after a 4-0
drubbing in Egypt with Kahraba, real name Mahmoud Abdel Moneim, the two-goal
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