Africa Cup of Nations qualifier Group E Previews: Libya chase qualification ticket to Seychelles

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There’s lots of pressure on Libya ahead of their fixture against Seychelles as they must win in order to make their chance bright

South Africa vs Nigeria

Bafana Bafana were held to a 0-0 draw by Seychelles but pressure are on them to avoid a slip up as they face the Super Eagles in their fifth 2019 Afcon qualifier tie at home on Saturday.

Stuart Baxter’s men will be eager to put behind them their uninspiring display against the Pirates in Victoria and ensure an automatic qualification ticket to Cameroon with a match to spare at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.  

Last year, Baxter's side made a winning start to their Afcon qualifying campaign, defeating the Super Eagles 2-0 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium - a triumph which placed them above Gernot Rohr's men.

However, a stalemate at home with Liyba and a forgettable away draw at Seychelles saw the South Africans trail Nigeria on the standings with a point.

On the other hand, Nigeria are hoping to avenge their defeat in Uyo plus make it to the competition after missing out of the last two editions.

Despite missing key legs in Francis Uzoho, Odion Ighalo and Wilfred Ndidi, the three-time African kings will count on red-hot Alex Iwobi, Samuel Chukwueze to subdue Baxter's men before their home fans.

 

Seychelles vs Libya

The Mediterranean Knights will be desperately hoping to bring their qualification ambitions back to life when they face ousted Pirates at the Stade Linite, Victoria.

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The Libyans claimed the top spot after making a strong start to their qualification bid for Cameroon 2019, with a healthy 5-1 win over Seychelles in Cairo in June last year.

Following back-to-back defeats to Nigeria, Fawzi Al-Issawi and his men know that only victories in their last two games starting against Gavin Jeanne's men will revive their chances of making it to Cameroon.

The hosts, on their own side, who are already aware of their crashed qualification dreams, will be looking to play for pride and escape back-to-back defeat against the north Africans.

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