Senegal vs Ivory Coast, Malawi vs Ghana & the Top 5 Afcon 2013 qualifiers this weekend Ghana's Edmund Okai Gyimah takes a look at the top five qualifying games for the South Africa 2013 African Cup of Nations
With some interesting results from the first leg, this weekend's last hurdle promises to be very tensed and power-packed as some giants on the continent are once again in danger of not qualifying for the most prestigious football tournament on the African continent next year. Ghana's Edmund Okai Gyimah takes a look at the top five qualifying games for the South Africa 2013 African Cup of Nations.


The 2012 African champions are in danger of missing out in the Afcon as they face a huge task in an unfamiliar territory which is Kampala in Uganda. Coach Herve Renard during his time coaching Angola never beat Uganda in Kampala as the Ugandans always run away victors when they meet the Frenchman in their own back yard.

Going to the game with an unconvincing 1-0 score line, the Cranes are the firm favourite to go through unless the Zambians who are very poor away from home put up an extraordinary performance. The likes of Emmanuel Mayuka, captain Christopher Katongo, midfield enforcer Rainford Kalaba are there for the Chipolopolo but the "King of Kampala" Ibrahim Sekagya of Red Bulls Salzburg in Austria can single handedly demolish Zambia.

The Gabonese travel to Lome for this encounter with their spirits already down after Fifa awarded Niger three points and three goals earlier this week as they won a case against the 2012 Afcon host for fielding an unqualified player during their World Cup qualifier.

How Gabon would be able to lift themselves from this gloom and face the Hawks with the right frame of mind is the big question since the points awarded to Niger can affect them. Togo are in firm position to qualify after returnee Emmanuel Adebayor helped them to draw the first game 1-1 in Libreville. It is going to be a tough game but the Gabonese can be ruthless if former AC Milan youth striker Piere-Emerick Aubameyang who plays for St. Etiene in France and Al Wahda's Eric Mouloungui get a good day.

The Black Stars of Ghana are in pole position to qualify for South Africa 2013 African Cup of Nations after defeating the Flames by 2-0 in Accra in the first leg, but this return game in Lilongwe promises to be a different ball game all together as each side have brought in new players.

Ghana will have the luxury of John Painstil, Rabiu Mohammed, David Nii Arday, Wakaso Mubarak and others to choose from whilst the return of veteran striker Essau Kanyenda for coach Phiri can be a big advantage. If Ghana avoid complacency and the likes of Christian Atsu, Andre Ayew, Asamoah Gyan, Anthony Annan and others get their day, then the Black Stars are home and dry to make it to South Africa.

Five-time African champions Cameroon face an arduous task to avoid missing out on the qualification for the Afcon for the second consecutive time unless they are able to overturn a 2-0 scoreline at home.

New Cameroonian coach Jean Paul Akonno has called Anzhi striker Samuel Eto'o back to the squad to help turn the tables and with support from the likes of Alexandre Song, Eric Meyong Ze, and Mainz 05's Chupo Moting, the Indomitable Lions can beat Cape Verde but they should be weary of not conceding because any goal considered would make their job more difficult. Cameroon should also try and hold danger man Ricardo who was a torn in their flesh during the last game.

The Leopold Senghor Stadium in Dakar would host a very dicey encounter as the Teranga Lions get ready to overturn a two-goal deficit and qualify for the 2013 Afcon.

Senegal took the lead at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan in the first encounter only to allow the likes of Didier Drogba, Gervinho, Max Gradel and Salomon Kalou to punish them by four goals to two. Senegal with Papis Cisse, Demba Ba, Dame Ndoye and others can be very dangerous but it would be a miracle if they beat the Elephants by a margin of two goals and qualify.