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Bafana face Libya with Afcon failure a sword over their heads

Ahead of this weekend's final round of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, 14 teams have already qualified to join hosts Egypt at the continental showpiece, and South Africa should really be among them.

Their shocking failure to beat the Seychelles in Victoria in October has left Bafana Bafana with it all to do when they face Libya in Tunisia on Sunday.

At least Bafana are still in the driving seat; they enter matchday six on nine points to Libya's seven, and will progress if they avoid defeat against...

What will Nigeria coach Rohr be looking for ahead of Afcon?

 

Nigeria's Super Eagles have never been short of inspiration for international games, especially when playing at home, and Friday's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles will be no different.  

Super Eagles fans, spoilt by the swashbuckling, winning fare served up by teams of yore, especially the famed Class of '94, have come to expect nothing but victory on home ground, and react poorly when disappointed.

The constant fear of fan backlash acts as fuel for the players...

Africa Cup of Nations qualification: What's still at stake?

The road to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations has been paved with troubles, with the tournament often appearing to be at the mercy of the Confederation of African Football's internal politics and, notably, the regime change from Issa Hayatou to Ahmad Ahmad in March 2017.

The change in CAF presidency prompted the Afcon changes instigated at the CAF symposium in July 2017, where it was decided that the tournament would be expanded from 16 to 24 teams, even though the 2019 qualifying campaign had already...

2019 Afcon qualifiers key squads

The final round of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers runs from 22 to 24 March. Which teams have opted to rest some of their biggest stars?

Nigeria (vs Seychelles - 22 March):

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba); Chidozie Awaziem (Rizespor, Turkey); William Troost-Ekong (Udinese, Italy); Leon...

John Obi Mikel's absence is the elephant in the Super Eagles' dressing room

By the time Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations training camp rolls around in May, it will have been closing on 11 months since team captain John Obi Mikel last pulled on the Super Eagles strip.

Mikel's post-World Cup absence when he missed the AFCON qualifier against the Seychelles, and then the double-header against Libya, was initially put down to injury.

He was expected to return for the important AFCON qualifier against South Africa in Johannesburg in November, when the Super Eagles secured passage...