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June International Friendlies: Which Teams Will Be Involved?

By Beng Emmanuel

Several African national teams will be involved in international friendlies this month, to warm up for the rescheduled 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in September.

While players are keen on maintaining top form after the end of their championships, some nations like South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo will be experiencing a new dawn with the arrival of new coaches at the helm of the team.

Hugo Broos is the new head coach of South Africa while Hector Cuper was appointed DR Congo gaffer.

There are a good number of matches to watch out for, notably the Cameroon and Nigeria double header. There are other interesting pairings including the Senegal vs Zambia clash and the Algeria vs Mali cracker. A majority of these nations have qualified for the next year’s Nations Cup finals in Cameroon and are aiming to begin the group stage of the World Cup qualifiers brightly.

For Cameroon, the game against Nigeria could be a springboard for coach Toni Conceicao to impress after two dismal games against Cape Verde and Rwanda in March. It will also be redemption for the players of the Indomitable who haven’t presented positive figures against arch-rivals Nigeria in their previous games across all competitions. They face each other twice in Austria.

Defending champions Algeria have programmed three friendly games against Mauritania, Mali and Tunisia. The Desert Foxes are unbeaten in their last 24 games. Ghana, Ivory Coast and Uganda will also be in action.

There will also be a huge duel between two of the continent’s finest players when Senegal of Sadio Mane faces Zambia’s super-star Patson Daka.

Below are the various African national teams involved in international friendlies this month;

Monday 31 May:
• Turkey 0-0 Guinea, Antalya

Wednesday 2 June:
• Mozambique v Lesotho, Maputo
• Niger v Togo, Antalya

Thursday 3 June:
• Algeria v Mauritania, Blida

Friday 4 June:
• Cameroon v Nigeria, Vienna
• Rwanda v Central African Republic, Kigali

Saturday 5 June:
• Cape Verde islands v Brazil Olympic team, Belgrade
• Eswatini v Lesotho, Maputo
• The Gambia v Comoros, Antalya
• Guinea v Togo, Antalya
• Ivory Coast v Burkina Faso, Abidjan
• Tunisia v DR Congo
• Senegal v Zambia, Dakar

Sunday 6 June:
• Algeria v Mali, Blida

Monday 7 June:
• Rwanda v Central African Republic, Kigali

Tuesday 8 June:
• Benin v Zambia, Cotonou
• The Gambia v Togo, Antalya
• Guinea v Kosovo, Antalya
• Morocco v Ghana, Rabat
• Mozambique v Eswatini, Maputo
• Senegal v Cape Verde Islands, Dakar

Thursday 10 June:
• Guinea Bissau v Cape Verde Islands, Bissau
• South Africa v Uganda, Johannesburg

Friday 11 June:
• DR Congo v Mali, Tunis
• The Gambia v Kosovo, Antalya
• Guinea v Niger, Antalya
• Mauritania v Liberia, Tunis
• Sudan v Zambia, Khartoum
• Tunisia v Algeria, Tunis

Saturday 12 June:
• Ghana v Ivory Coast, Cape Coast
• Morocco v Burkina Faso, Rabat

Sunday 13 June:
• Tanzania v Malawi, Dar-e-Salaam

Wednesday 16 June:
• Tunisia v Mali, Tunis

Thursday 17 June:
• Mauritania v Djibouti, Doha

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