Away from this, Malawi will be playing Burkina Faso. With club football going into a two-week-long break starting this week, international football is poised to take centre-stage again.
While fans will be treated to a handful of international friendlies and the UEFA Nations League, the highlight of this international break will be the return of Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers after almost a year-long hiatus.
The last leg of the AFCON qualifiers was played way back in November 2019. The fixtures scheduled for March were postponed due to COVID-19. Consequently, the main event, which was earlier slated to be held in Cameroon in January 2021, was also moved back to 2022.
With qualification to the Africa Cup of Nations 2022 on the line, 48 countries, divided into 12 groups, will go into the next set of fixtures with full-strength squads, including their biggest stars.
Liverpool’s African stars Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are both set to feature for their respective countries, Egypt and Senegal, in the AFCON 2022 qualifiers over the next fortnight.
Mohamed Salah’s Egypt – seven-time African champions – are currently struggling in Group G with just two points from their two matches and are placed third behind Comoros and Kenya.
Set to play fourth-placed Togo in back-to-back ties in matchweeks 3 and 4 respectively, the Pharaohs will be eager to pick up maximum points from these to get a foothold on their group. The top two teams at the end of the group stage qualifies.
Egypt coach Hossam El-Badry has announced a strong squad for the double header, with Mo Salah, Arsenal star Mohamed Elneny and Aston Villa’s Mahmoud Hassam all named in the final 26-man shortlist.
Sadio Mane’s Senegal, meanwhile, already top Group I with six points from their two matches so far and will be out to drive the advantage further when they face Guinea-Bissau twice over the next two weeks.
Apart from Mane, Senegal coach Aliou Cisse’s 25-man squad also has some recognised names in Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, Watford winger Ismaila Sarr and PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye.
Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez will also be spearheading the Algerian side when they take on Zimbabwe. Algeria are on a 20-match unbeaten streak and currently top Group H with maximum points from their two qualifying matches.
Wednesday, November 11
Guinea vs Chad – 4:30 PM
Mauritania vs Burundi – 4:30 PM
Senegal vs Guinea-Bissau – 4:30 PM
Kenya vs Comoros – 4:30 PM
Cape Verde vs Rwanda – 4:30
Thursday, November 12
Libya vs Equatorial Guinea – 8PM
Uganda vs South Sudan – 4:30PM
Ghana vs Sudan – 4:30 PM
Zambia vs Botswana – 4:30 PM
Congo vs Eswatini – 4:30 PM
Cameroon vs Mozambique – 4:30 PM
Friday, November 13
Gabon vs Gambia – 8:30 PM
Algeria vs Zimbabwe – 8:30 PM
Burkina Faso vs Malawi – 8:30 PM
Ivory Coast vs Madagascar – 8:30 PM
Niger vs Ethiopia – 4:30 PM
Nigeria vs Sierra Leone – 4:30 PM
Saturday, November 14
Morocco vs Central African Republic – 8:30 PM
Tunisia vs Tanzania – 8:30 PM
South Africa vs Sao Tome and Principe – 8:30 PM
Mali vs Namibia – 8:30 PM
Benin vs Lesotho – 4:30 PM
Sunday, November 15
Egypt vs Togo – 6:30 PM
DR Congo vs Angola – 16:30 PM