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Egypt, of course, are odds-on favourites to take first place, although the record seven-times winners are currently bottom of the pile. The Pharaohs began their campaign with a narrow 1-0 win over Guinea in Cairo before a shock 2-0 defeat to group minnows Ethiopia on the road. Since then, Rui Vitória has taken over as manager and, having won all three friendlies at the helm, will be looking to carry that 100% start into meaningful matches.
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Malawi meanwhile also won their opener, beating Ethiopia thanks to a pair of Gabadinho Mhango penalties. However, they were then beaten 1-0 by Guinea, conceding a stoppage time winner in Conakry. The Flames reached the round of 16 at AFCON last year, beating Zimbabwe to get there before defeat to Morocco. In this clash at Cairo International Stadium, anything other than a comfortable Egypt win would be a big surprise.
The National Thunder have only ever featured at three AFCONs but, when they do get there, they invariable make an impact. On debut, they reached the quarter-finals in 2012, got all the way to the semi-finals three years later before, last January, featuring in the last eight again, this time ousted by Senegal. Last June, Juan Micha’s side made a mixed start to this campaign, smashed 4-0 in Tunisia before a 2-0 home win over Libya.
This is odd so bear with; the Ivory Coast have already qualified for next year’s AFCON as hosts, but do take part in qualifying, with their results impacting opponents, if not themselves. So, while this double-header isn’t important for Jean-Louis Gasset’s team, it very much does for their opponents. Comoros made their AFCON debut in Cameroon last year and, against the odds, reached the knockout stages, before bowing out against the hosts. This time round, the Coelacanth beat Lesotho in their opener, before a narrow 2-1 defeat in Zambia four days later.
Ethiopia meantime, the lowest-ranked side in this group, currently lead the way, having lost 2-1 to Malawi before a shock 2-0 victory over Egypt. Dawa Hotessa and Shimelis Bekele the scorers in one of the country’s most famous wins of all time back in June. The Walia Ibex featured at AFCON 2022, just their second appearance for four decades, so will believe they can upset the odds and qualify again. Who will win this key game in Casablanca, Morocco? Equatorial Guinea vs BotswanaTip of the dayEquatorial Guinea vs BotswanaEquatorial Guinea to win 2-0 against Botswana- 5/1! At 5/1, a £10 bet would return £60! Equatorial Guinea will be targeting a pair of wins over Botswana this month that’ll leave them in pole position to qualify.
With Tunisia likely to take top spot, all Equatorial Guinea have to do is finish second, a feat they’re more than capable of achieving. Botswana meanwhile lost 1-0 in Libya before holding Tunisia to a surprise goalless draw in Francistown. The Zebras sole AFCON appearance came in 2012, and they’ll probably need four points from this month’s matches to have any chance of changing that. The home side should be too strong at Estadio de Malabo.
This time round, the Scorpions beat South Sudan in their opener before a narrow defeat to Congo four days later. Tom Saintfiet’s side host Congo on the final matchday in September, with that game likely to be decisive in determining who takes second spot. Here, Mali are likely to be too strong at Stade du 26 Mars. Guinea vs EthiopiaTip of the dayGuinea vs EthiopiaGuinea to draw 1-1 with Ethiopia- 13/2! At 13/2, a £10 bet would return £75! All four teams in Group D have four points on the board, meaning this month will be decisive in determining who qualifies. Guinea are well-placed to take a top two spot, having lost 1-0 to Egypt before a 1-0 victory over Malawi. Naby Keïta with a stoppage time winner in the latter in Conakry. The National Elephants have qualified for seven of the last ten AFCONS, including each of the last two, and two wins this month would leave them in a great position to further improve that record.
Those two meet on the final matchday in Ikoni which, in all likelihood, will decide who takes second place. For now, can Comoros spring a surprise at Stade Bouaké? Cameroon vs NamibiaTip of the dayCameroon vs NamibiaCameroon to win 3-0 against Namibia- 7/1! At 7/1, a £10 bet would return £80! Will Cameroon pull cleat at the top of Group C? So far, les Lions Indomptables have maximum points on the board, beating Burundi last June, with Karl Toko Ekambi the game’s only scorer. The five-times winners have featured at 18 of 21 AFCONs since 1980, with Rigobert Song’s side very much expected to further improve that record.
Burkina Faso have featured at six of the last seven AFCON tournaments, reaching the semi-finals in Cameroon just last year. Thus, Hubert Velud’s side will cruise through this group. Togo meantime have just one point to their name, held to a 2-2 draw by minnows Eswatini, conceding in the 94th minute, before a 2-0 defeat in Cape Verde.