On Friday, June 9, Cameroon will face off against Morocco in the AFCON qualifier. The Cameroonians are on a quest to retain their title as they face a Moroccan side that is in poor form of late.
Latvia will battle out against Portugal in a World Cup qualifier encounter. The Portuguese are the favourites to win this match, however, Latvia will be looking to cause an upset.
Russia will take on Chile in an international friendly. The Russians go into the match as underdogs and will be seeking to come out of the game as winners against the Copa America champions.
On Saturday, June 10, South Africa play away in an AFCON qualifier match against Nigeria. Stuart Baxter will be hoping to start off his journey with a win against the powerful Nigerian side that will test the South African team.
Cameroon v Morocco (AFCON qualifier)
FIFA rankings: Cameroon 32nd & Morocco 56th
Useful facts: The AFCON champions have not lost any games since the May 2016 friendly against France, while Hervé Renard’s men have lost four of their last seven while winning none of their last four against Cameroon since 2005.
Roger de Sa: Cameroon
Latvia v Portugal (World Cup qualifier)
FIFA rankings: Latvia 122nd & Portugal 8th
Useful facts: As about one-sided as a game could possibly be, Portugal have beaten the minnows in all of their last five meetings, including a 4-1 win in November last year. Furthermore, Portugal has only lost just twice in their last 15 games, while Latvia has lost all of their last three World Cup qualifiers.
Roger de Sa: Portugal
Russia v Chile (International friendly)
FIFA rankings: Russia 63rd & Chile 4th
Useful facts: With just three wins in their last 15 games, Russia will be hoping that the Copa America champions will give them a chance to prove themselves against major opposition that they’ve never played against. However, with three wins from their last five, Chile may prove to be too tough a test for Stanislav Cherchesov’s men.
Roger de Sa: Draw
Nigeria v South Africa (AFCON qualifier)
FIFA rankings: Nigeria 38th & South Africa 65th
Useful facts: Stuart Baxter will be out to make his presence felt as Bafana Bafana look to prove that they have what it takes against an African powerhouse. Nigeria, however, has only lost three of their last 15 games and boast a record of five wins from their last seven against South Africa. With that said, Bafana hasn't lost any of their last 15 and will be hoping that changes to the technical staff could turn performances that saw eight draws in that timeframe into wins.
Roger de Sa: Going away to Nigeria is tough. A draw would be great. I think it’ll be a draw.