are among five countries well-placed to reach the group phase of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers
when the second-leg preliminary matches take place across the continent on Tuesday.
The Red Devils thrashed Sao Tome e Principe
5-0 in the first leg of the game played in Sao Tome on Friday.
With the return leg being played in Brazzaville, Congo have been tipped to advance after making light work of their opponents in the first leg. Namibia
are also favourites to qualify after their impressive 4-0 first leg win over Djibouti
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Namibia won 4-0 in Djibouti, Auxerre striker Dennis Oliech scored as Kenya beat Seychelles 3-0 and Republic of Congo routed Sao Tome and Principe 5-0 in the first leg.
Togo, which played at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, was held 1-1 in Guinea-Bissau.
Ten games were scheduled for Friday, with one more on Saturday, as 22 teams battle over two legs for the 11 places available alongside Africa's big football nations in the second round - a 40-team group stage that starts next year.
Namibia, Kenya and Republic of Congo had strong away wins as Africa's lowest-ranked teams began their quests to reach the
The 152-fixture African journey to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
begins on Friday with Djibouti and Namibia first into action on a 10-game schedule.
Former World Cup qualifiers Democratic Republic of Congo -- called Zaire when they competed in 1974 -- and 2006 participants Togo are among 22 teams involved in a whirlwind first round.
Return matches are slated for November 15 apart from the Somalia-Ethiopia tie, which will be played a day later because the first leg has been put back 24 hours as it is also being played in Djibouti owing to the Somali civil war.
will be looking for all three points on offer when they travel to the Estadio 24 de Setembro to take on Guinea-Bissau
in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday.
The Sable Antelopes are currently occupying second position in Group J
, one point behind leaders Uganda, who host Kenya in their final qualifying match.
Guinea-Bissau are rooted at the bottom of the log having lost four of five games played so far and their only aim will be to defend their pride in front of their home crowd.
Angola kept their chances alive by beating the group leaders 2-0 last month and they can still qualify by winning on Satuday, provided that the Ugandans fail to take maximum points against Kenya.
Harambee Stars skipper Dennis Oliech fired in a spectacular winner as Kenya
edged out Guinea Bissau
2-1 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Nairobi on Saturday.
Substitute Mike Baraza had given Stars the lead on 58 minutes with the visitors equalizing eight minutes from time through Bazil Decarvalho.
But with time running out, a corner was half cleared to Oliech who unleashed a 25 yard screamer into the top corner setting off wild celebrations at Nyayo National Stadium.
The win saw Kenya increase its points tally to seven in group J, keeping alive their slim hopes of qualifying for next year’s African Cup of Nations. They will now hope that Angola can beat Uganda Cranes in their clash set for Sunday.
Harambee Stars must win this match in order to enhance their mathematical chance of qualifying for the African Cup of Nations
, which will be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
Coach Zedekiah Otieno needs to maintain his home record in the qualifiers, which has seen Kenya
collecting four points while playing at Nyayo Stadium.
The Stars have promised to silence the visitors in front of their home fans and with the massive support they will receive, the motivation will surely work in their favour.
Thierry Fidjeu, Equatorial Guinea (R)
Co-hosts of the 2012 African Cup of Nations
Equatorial Guinea will be playing a friendly match against Guinea Bissau
during Fifa’s break on August 10 in Portugal.
The Nzalang Nacional, coached by Frenchman Henri Michel, have been multiplying friendly encounters in the build up to the continental showpiece.
They are not playing the qualifiers due to the fact that they are a host team, but the Equatorial Guinea
Football Federation have announced their desire to present a worthwhile squad “that will not disgrace the nation and home fans” during the tournament scheduled to kick off in six months.
U-23 : Senegal vs. Angola
The Guinea Bissau
Football Federation have filed an appeal against Caf’s ruling that stripped the country’s team of its qualification for the next round of the All Africa Games
qualifiers in favour of Senegal
, following a row concerning an over-aged player.
“We have been informed that Guinea Bissau has lodged an appeal to challenge Caf’s decision, but we are yet to receive further instructions concerning our next match,” Senegal FA secretary general told Senegal Press Agency APS
Guinea Bissau had earned their qualification for the second round of the Games after beating Senegal in Bissau 2-1 and holding them to a 2-2 draw in Dakar. But following a complaint over an over-aged player fielded by the Central Africans, Caf decided to disqualify the team and hand Senegal a ticket to the next round.