NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Ethiopian coach Abraham Mebratu is rallying his
charges to take out Sierra Leone on Sunday in Hawassa to boost
their chances of qualifying for Group F for the Africa Nations
The Ethiopian team
known as the Walias is pointless after a 5-0 loss to Ghana in
Kumasi in June 2017 while Sierra Leone beat Kenya 2-1 in
Freetown. Kenya host Ghana in the other Group F clash also on
Saturday in Nairobi.
In group B, Malawi
travels to Casablanca to face Morocco on Saturday. Malawi’s head
coach Ronny van Geneugden is seeking his third win in 15 games
since taking over the reigns last May.
He hopes the Malawi
Flames will return to their base in Blantyre unscathed.
The Flames share the
top spot with Cameroon after a lone goal victory over Comoros in
June 2017 in Blantyre.
Cameroon has already
qualified as hosts and is only using the qualifying campaign to
gauge its stars. They will be in Maroni to face Comoros on
give the Atlas Lions the upper hand as they have won five games,
drawn twice and lost once to Malawi in previous meetings.
“We have enough
respect for Morocco because they are a top team in Africa and
they are fresh from the World Cup where they did well despite
that they exited the competition prematurely,” Malawi team
manager James Sangala told the Africa football governing body
“We have the chances
of progressing from this group. A win can do us a lot of good
and get ahead of Morocco. Most of the times, when you play away,
you need to play it safe and not get carried away. We will go
there and play our game. We do not have to fear them,” Sangala.
Africa faces injury challenges ahead of their clash with Libya
in Durban on Saturday. South Africa holds the upper hand after a
2-0 win away in Uyo against host Nigeria last year.
midfielder, Bongani Zungu alongside Hlompho Kekana and Themba
Zwane have all been ruled out forcing coach Stuart Baxter to
call up Tiyani Mabunda, Aubrey Modiba and Vincent Pule to his
“However, we need to
be humble in our approach to this Libya game. Looking at global
football, names have become less and less important and even on
the African continent, we get constant surprises from teams that
would have been whipping boys few years ago,” said coach Baxter.
Nigeria in the other Group E clash in Victoria also on Saturday.
Egypt begins a new era under Mexican coach Javier Aguirre when
they face Niger in Alexandria on Saturday while Tunisia travels
to Mavuso as guests of Swaziland in the other match of Group J
Group L has Lesotho
against Cape Verde on Sunday in Maseru while Uganda will face
regional foes Tanzania on Saturday in Kampala.