Idrissa Gueye and Yaya Toure
Five games remain, spread over Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, to identify the five nations who will represent Africa at the World Cup in Brazil.
Saturday sees Ethiopia travel to Nigeria to overturn a 2-1 deficit against the Super Eagles, while Casablanca, Morocco, plays hosts to Senegal's clash with the Ivory Coast, who won the first leg 3-1 in Abidjan last month.
Ethiopia coach Sewinet Bishaw has brought back South Africa-based striker Getaneh Kebede for the second leg after a knee injury prevented him from partaking in the first leg.
Super Eagles boss Stephen Keshi has called up defender Kenneth Omeruo, part of the Africa Cup of Nations title-winning squad.
Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o netted his third goal in two games for his club Chelsea as they drew 2:2 with visitors West Brom in an English Premier League match on Saturday.
Eto'o's 45th minute effort, coming after a brace against Schalke in a UEFA Champions League tie on Wednesday, gave the Blues the lead.
However West Brom bounced back with two goals of their own including a fine effort from Benin international Stephane Sessegnon who blasted home from just outside the box to make it 2:1.
It was Sessegnon's second goal of the campaign.
A miserable week for reigning African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure was completed when Manchester City lost 2-1 at English Premier League title rivals Chelsea.
The weekend loss at Stamford Bridge came four days after the star Ivory Coast midfielder said he had been racially abused during a Champions League game in Russia.
Egyptian Ahmed Elmohamady of Hull and Algerian Adlene Guediora of Crystal Palace were other unhappy Premier League Africans, conceding penalties that were converted by Tottenham and Arsenal respectively. That means Palace's Marouane Chamakh lost against his former team.