Four-time continental lords, the Black Stars of Ghana face their toughest test yet in the joint World Cup/CAN qualifiers campaign against the Azingo Nationals of Gabon in Libreville in Group Five.

Despite a 3-2 win over Lesotho last week, caretaker coach Sellas Tetteh has come under a barrage of criticisms from the Ghanaian media and the football populace, as doubts rages on his technical and tactical abilities.

The Ghana Football Association has already declared him ‘unripe’ for a full-time appointment but as he comes face to face against his Gabonese colleague, Alain Giresse, a member of the famous France midfield quartet; which included Michel Platini (now UEFA President), Jean Tigana and Luiz Hernandez, Tetteh’s quest has been boosted by the return of Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Ali Muntari, who sat out of the Lesotho game due to a toe injury that required surgery.

Lesotho will play their second game at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein against the Greens of Libya in the other Group Five clash.

Former African Champions, Cote d’Ivoire will be on an image redemption mission as they face the Bostwana this weekend in a day three clash of the 2010 World Cup/African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Elephants, surprisingly held by Madagascar to a goalless draw last week, face another difficult away encounter against the “Zebras”, who are yet to suffer a loss in the campaign.

The Zebras share the top spot of Group Seven with the Elephants on four points apiece, but a 2-1 win over Mozambique in Maputo means the Elephants will be in for another tough battle.

The absence of key players including captain Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Aruna Dindane, Kader Keita, Bakary Kone and Yao Kouassi Gervais has left the 1992 African Champions with an almost dead attack, with only a goal to their credit so far.

Madagascar will host Mozambique in the other Group Seven clash in Antananarivo.

In Group One, four-time African champions, Cameroon look set to maintain their hundred percent record against Tanzania in Dar es Salaam while Mauritius and Cape Verde battle out in a match of equals at Curepipe.

After an impressive outing at the last African Cup of Nations in Ghana early this year, the Syli Nationale of Guinea has slumped to an unimaginable low with just a point to prove so far from two games.

After 0-2 loss to the Harambees of Kenya last week, the Syli’s face the Brave Warriors of Namibia in Windhoek while the Harambee go in search of their second successive home win against the Warriors of Zimbabwe, both in Group Two.

Group Three leaders, Angola face a tricky away duel in Kampala as guests of the Cranes of Uganda, who are yet to come to terms after 4-1 whitewashing by the Squirrels of Benin last week.

Uganda coach, Laszlo Csaba has advised his players to put the loss in Cotonou behind and forge ahead while calling for support from the followers of the team.

“We should stand by them as they recover from that shock defeat. We have to win against Angola to redeem of chances of progressing to the next round,” said the Hungarian born trainer.

In Niamey, Niger will be seeking for their first point of the campaign as they welcome Benin in the other Group Three clash.

In Group Four, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will be away at Malabo as guests of Equatorial Guinea while World Cup hosts, South Africa face Sierra Leone in Freetown.

In Monrovia, Group Six leaders Senegal will play as guests of Liberia’s Leone Stars in the top most attraction while the Desert Foxes of Algeria move west to play the Scorpions of Gambia in Banjul.

Elsewhere in Kigali, the Amavubi Stars of Rwanda will have their dream of progressing to the next round put to test as they face the Atlas Lions of Morocco in a Group Eight clash while Mauritania and Ethiopia sort things out in Nouakchott.
Both teams have no points from two games so far.

Group Nine will see the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia battling Burundi in Bujumbura while Seychelles face Burkina Faso in Victoria.

The Sudanese city of Omdurman will set the stage for a heated encounter between the Desert Hawks and the Eagles of Mali in Group Ten while Congo is favoured to ride high past Chad at the latter’s backyard.

The Chipolopolo of Zambia will travel to Mbabane as guests of their Swaziland counterparts in a dicey Group 11 clash the former needs a convincing result to stay in contention for the group’s solitary spot.

The Chipolopolos who lost by a lone goal to the Hawks of Togo in their first match have had their plight further worsened as doubts soar over the unavailability of striker Collins Mbesuma.

The burly striker has not reported to camp after Togo duel in Accra and indications are rife that he may not make the team as attempts to reach him has been fruitless.

Reigning African Champions, Egypt will be away at Blantyre as guests of Malawi while Djibouti opens the account of the day three qualifiers against DR Congo on Friday.

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