Algeria in Green, White and Red
The Derby match between Algeria and Egypt planned Sunday evening (8:30 pm) at ...Tchaker Mustapha stadium... is the poster for the second day of combined qualifications for the World Cup and the African Cup of Nations in 2010 football programmed this Sunday and will be also marked by the other matches at the summit between Cameroon and Morocco in search of redemption after their defeat in their first outing.
- Authors of a draw in Kigali in against Rwanda (0-0) during the first day, the Greens are condemned to impose themselves on the champions of Africa in a clash that promises to be explosive. In view of this important match, the coach chose the South of France to prepare his team during two weeks. The Pharaohs, authors of a bad step against Zambia (1-1), need to resume confidence for the World Cup. They won a friendly match against Oman in Muscat (1-0) with a goal scored by Amr Zaki.
The other Group C match, Zambia will host the Amavubi of Rwanda. The coach of Rwanda, Branco Tucak was optimistic before making the trip to Chililabombwe: “I have confidence in this team and I am sure we will get the result we all need. I watched the video of the match between Egypt and Zambia and even picked up some tips from my fellow coaches in Europe on how best to address the Chipolopolo. Zambians are more physical than us, but we will play our game by trying to develop it,” said the Croatian.
At the end of the first day each team has a point, which makes the group more open.
In Yaoundé, the “Dauntless Lions” of Cameroon will have to clear a failure of March against Togo (1-0), on the other hand digesting the effects of the sudden resignation of German Coach Otto Pfister.
The whole country is counting on a triumph of Samuel Eto'o, the first author of the goal in the European Champions League final with Barça.
The Atlas Lions, their opponent, beaten at home in their first release, are required to bring a good result from their trip to Cameroon. A failure will greatly jeopardize their chances of going to the World, the country's goal.
In Group B, Nigeria held check mated in Mozambique, wants to mark the three points in Abuja against Kenya. Shuaibu Amodu, who prepared his team in Europe with two matches against Ireland (1-1) in London and then against France (1-0) in Saint-Etienne, has no other option but victory. Any other outcome would be almost certainly fatal.
The Super Eagles will be without their striker Obafemi Martins but John Utaka was recalled. Shuaibu has warned his troops after the 1-1 draw against Ireland, “You must give everything against Kenya.”
Tunisia, currently top of Group B after its success in Kenya, will receive Mozambique. The Carthage Eagles are in their best form after their great success, 4-0 against Sudan on 28 May.
- In Bamako, Mali's Eagles host the Black Stars of Ghana in Group D clash. Malians have not beaten the Ghanaians since a victory (3-1) in an elimination game of the African Cup of Nations in April 1975. Malians are still deprived of their midfielder and Captain Mahamadou Diarra, Seydou Keita, recently crowned European champion with Barcelona will be the figurehead of the team.
Ghana will be deprived of its captain Stephen Appiah who has asked to be exempt from two matches in June to resolve family problems.
The Coach can not count on his midfielder Kingston Larryea and his attacker Asamoah Gyan, injured.
In the other match, Benin will host Sudan seriously shaken in Tunis. The squirrels have a solid moral and will play easily this game.
In the latter group, Malawi has the desire to erase the heavy defeat suffered in Abidjan in the first match (0-5). Burkina Faso, without warning, is a team of success. Since the beginning of the playoffs has made an almost faultless, six wins and a draw.
The first of each group will qualify to the World 2010 in South Africa while the top three from each pool will go to the African Cup of National in Angola.
Program of the 2nd day
Cameroon - Morocco
• Group B: Tunisia - Mozambique
Nigeria - Kenya
• Group C: Zambia - Rwanda
Algeria - Egypt
• Group D: Benin - Sudan
Mali - Ghana
• Group E: Malawi - Burkina Faso
Guinea - Ivory Coast.
Ennaharonline/ M. O.