By Beng Emmanuel
About Fifteen African countries will be involved in International Friendly games this weekend for the first time in the post Covid-19 era.
On Thursday Ivory Coast faced World top ranked nation Belgium at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. The Elephants of Ivory Coast failed to end Belgium’s 12 game unbeaten run after returning to action for the first time in 11 months due to Covid-19.
Tunisian based footballer Serge seko was hoping to impress for Togo against Libya. The pair of African nations were supposed to be in action for the first time since last November. This fixture was aimed to enable them properly gear up for the African Cup of Nations qualifiers. Libya new coach Ali El Margini will be looking to make a winning start after replacing Tunisian Faouzi Benzarti.
South Africa has an Impressive record against Namibia. They have successfully clinched a victory in each of the last three years in the fixture. But it looks like their dominance meet stiff resistance this time around.
Elsewhere the Super Eagles of Nigeria face reigning African champions Algeria in a blockbuster fixture. It is a remake of the 2019 African Cup of Nations semi-final that Nigeria lost after conceding from Riyad Mahrez excellent free-kick strike. Meanwhile 2019 Afcon runners-up Senegal are up against North African rivals Morocco.
Japan’s talented duo of Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino and Villarreal’s Takefusa Kubo are both set to start against five time African Champions Cameroon. The Indomitable Lions will be without Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who recently signed for European Champions Bayern Munich, Jean-Pierre Nsame, Nicolas Nkoulou, Njie Clinton and others. Three players from the squad of 24 are ruled out for the game.
Coach Antonio Conceicao has got only 17 players left on his list.
Thursday October 8th,2020
• South Africa 1-1Namibia (Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng)
• Togo vs Libya (Stade Olympique d’El Menzah, Tunis) cancelled
• Belgium 1-1 Ivory Coast (Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussel)
Friday October 9th 2020
Ghana vs Mali
Tunisia vs Sudan
Morocco vs Senegal
Nigeria vs Algeria
Cameroon vs Japan (Stadion Galgenwaard, Utrecht)