Football: Algeria, Cameroon, S. Africa seek Cup places

Football: Algeria, Cameroon, S. Africa seek Cup places
Cameroon's midfielder Eyong Enoh (left) vies for the ball with Sierra Leone's midfielder Julius Wobay (right) during the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying football match.

JOHANNESBURG - Algeria, Cameroon and South Africa will qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they win their qualifiers on Wednesday.

All have home advantage with Algeria facing Malawi in Blida, Cameroon playing Sierra Leone in Yaounde and South Africa meeting Congo Brazzaville in Polokwane.

Ivory Coast, Gabon and Tunisia or Senegal could also secure places if they triumph and the other group result is favourable.

The Ivorians host the Democratic Republic of Congo in Abidjan, Gabon are away to Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou and Tunisia and Senegal clash in Monastir.

Defending champions Nigeria, record seven-time title-holders Egypt and shock 2012 winners Zambia have a different agenda, needing home victories to keep alive hopes of qualifying.

Nigeria meet Sudan in Abuja desperate to avenge a stunning loss in Khartoum three days ago, Egypt face Botswana in Cairo and Zambia play Niger in Ndola.

Morocco, hosts of the January 17-February 8 African football showpiece, said last week that they want the tournament postponed over Ebola epidemic fears.

The virus has claimed more than 4,000 lives this year, predominantly in west African states Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

However, the African Football Confederation (CAF) reacted by saying the Cup of Nations dates stand, and that the issue will be discussed in Algiers early next month.

Algeria are the top ranked African national team and their slick passing had Malawi chasing shadows at times during a 2-0 home loss last weekend.

It is difficult to imagine any result other than another victory for the Desert Foxes with Sofiane Feghouli and Yacine Brahimi offering so much midfield class.

Germany-born Cameroon coach Volker Finke wants a return to the form that delivered impressive victories over DR Congo and Ivory Coast when they play Sierra Leone.

He will look particularly to France-based attackers Vincent Aboubakar and Clinton N'Jie, scorers of three goals each in the qualifiers.

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