The next week and a half will be a busy and important period for African national teams, with 26 sides taking part in the first round of qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
In addition, there are a number of high-profile friendly matches featuring the likes of reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions Ivory Coast, top-ranked side Algeria, Nigeria, Tunisia, Morocco and South Africa amongst others.
The World Cup action begins with seven fixtures spread across Wednesday and Thursday, with the likes of Burundi, Kenya and Ethiopia looking to take a strong step toward the next round in their respective ties against Seychelles, Mauritius and Sao Tome e Principe.
Thursday will also see a couple of intriguing international friendlies, with Nigeria and DR Congo set to lick horns, while South Africa take on Costa Rica away from home.
The weekend’s action features high-profile friendlies on Friday, with Burkina Faso taking on Mali, Tunisia hosting Gabon, Algeria tackling Guinea and AFCON champs Ivory Coast battling Morocco in Agadir.
The final first-leg matches for the first round World Cup qualifying ties continue on Saturday, while several second-leg matches will be played on Sunday, when there are also intriguing friendlies: Egypt v Zambia and Nigeria v Cameroon.
The return leg matches for the first round qualifiers will be wrapped up with 10 fixtures across the continent on Tuesday, while there will also be a high-profile friendly between Algeria and Senegal.
African World Cup qualifier/friendly fixtures for the next nine days:
Today’s Matches
2018 World Cup qualifiers, first leg:
Seychelles v Burundi, 14h30
Tanzania v Malawi, 15h00
South Sudan v Mauritania, 15h30
Mauritius v Kenya, 16h30

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Thursday 8 October
2018 World Cup qualifiers, first leg:
Comoros v Lesotho, 14h00
Sao Tome e Principe v Ethiopia, 17h00
Liberia v Guinea-Bissau, 18h00
International Friendlies:
Costa Rica v South Africa, 04h00
Nigeria v DR Congo, TBA

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Friday 9 October
2018 World Cup qualifiers, first leg:
Somalia v Niger, 14h30
Djibouti vs Swaziland, 15h00
Gambia vs Namibia, 19h00
International Friendlies:
Burkina Faso vs Mali, TBA
Tunisia vs Gabon, 19h00
Algeria vs Guinea, 19h00
Morocco vs Ivory Coast, 20h00

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Saturday 10 October
2018 World Cup qualifiers, first leg:
Central African Republic vs Madagascar, 13h30
Eritrea vs Botswana, 15h00
Chad vs Sierra Leone, 16h30

Sunday 11 October
2018 World Cup qualifiers, second leg:
Malawi vs Tanzania, 14h00
Ethiopia vs Sao Tome e Principe, 15h00
Kenya vs Mauritius, 15h00
International Friendlies:
Egypt v Zambia, TBA
Nigeria vs Cameroon, TBA
Monday 12 October
International Friendlies:
Morocco vs Guinea, 20h00