Teams playing on Sunday in the second matchday of the 2014 World Cup qualifying will be lucky enough to use results from Saturday’s fixtures as caution and motivation in handling their encounters.
Sudan and Benin will be striving to build on their previous victories and stay safe along the campaign while Ethiopia, who pulled off a shock last weekend by forcing South Africa to a 1-1 draw at home, will certainly keep up the momentum.
And then it will be time for Angola, Togo and Tanzania to quickly fix the missteps from the previous match day.
Lesotho – Sudan | Sunday, June 10 Venue: Maseru
After defeating African champions Zambia 2-0, Sudan may have an easier task to accomplish on Sunday against one of the weakest teams of the campaign in Lesotho, who were walloped 7-1 by Ghana last weekend. The Falcons of Jediane are conscious of the strength of the two favourites in Group D, the Black Stars and the Chipolopolo, and achieving two straight wins will settle the Sudanese in a more comfortable posture ahead of the next matchday.
Mozambique – Zimbabwe | Sunday, June 10 Venue: Maputo
Both teams lost their opener of second round qualifying to the two top rated sides in Group G. Mozambique were knocked down 2-0 by Egypt, while Zimbabwe conceded a lone-goal home defeat against Guinea. Playing at home could give the Mambas an upper hand, however, but the Warriors coach Norman Mapeza says that a second defeat in a row is far from imagination.
Ethiopia – C.A.R | Sunday, June 10 Venue: Addis Abeba
The Central African Republic are current leaders of Group A with three points following their 2-0 win over Botswana, but they will be playing an away fixture on Sunday against Ethiopia, who were able to withstand South Africa at home, ending in a 1-1 draw. With the momentum from the Rustenburg meeting still very warm, the Black Lions will strive to pick up all three points to readjust their position in the group.
Tanzania – Gambia | Sunday, June 10 Venue: Dar Es Salaam
While Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire are out to battle for Group C’s leadership, Tanzania and Gambia will be struggling not to fall by the wayside so soon. The Scorpions denied the Atlas Lions a win last weekend while the Taifa Stars were beaten by the Elephants 2-0. Tanzania will count on home advantage against the Gambia, who will likely put up the same resistance as they did against Morocco.
Rwanda – Benin | Sunday, June 10 Venue: Kigali
Both sides were in the same group during the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, with Benin crushing Rwanda 3-0 in Kigali, but losing 1-0 to them at home in Cotonou. The Squirrels are now second in Group H after defeating Mali 1-0 last weekend, behind Algeria, who thrashed Rwanda 4-0. The Rwanda-Benin match appears to be a very open game, with either side capable to carrying it off.
DR Congo – Togo | Sunday, June 10 Venue: Kinshasa
After narrowly losing to Cameroon 1-0 in Yaounde during the first matchday, DR Congo are hoping to bounce back by overpowering Sunday’s visitors Togo, whose preparation was quite disrupted by officials’ unwillingness to foot the bills of the team to Kinshasa. However, the Sparrow Hawks finally arrived in the DR Congo with 21 players instead of the complete list of 23, with two players dropped due to financial constraints.
Liberia – Angola | Sunday, June 10 Venue: Monrovia
Angola were held 1-1 at home by Uganda while Liberia lost 3-1 in Dakar to Senegal. Both sides are eager to make amends before it is too late. The Lone Star would not want to lose at home while the Palancas Negras will press to avoid another draw and perhaps go for a win.