Posted by:Eric Njiru
A few African Countries have set themselves the objective of shining on the continental scene and qualifying for the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, due to be held in Cameroon.
That is easier said than done, however. And while, after two matchdays, Senegal and Tunisia sit in first place in their respective groups, several sections are currently topped by surprise packages not generally accustomed to success.
FIFA.com takes a look at these unexpected leaders ahead of the third and fourth round of fixtures, scheduled to take place between 10 and 16 October.
Ethiopia-Kenya: In a Group F that has seen all four teams win a match and lose one, Kenya are hopeful of giving themselves a decent chance of qualifying.
Their double-header against Ethiopia, crowned African champions in 1962 but in the doldrums for years, could enable the Harambee Stars to take a giant step towards booking a spot at the Cup of Nations for the first time since 2004.
However, Sebastien Migne’s men have not enjoyed the smoothest of preparations, with complications besetting their plans for a training camp in Nairobi and their journey to Bahir Dar in Ethiopia.
Nigeria-Libya: Few observers would have predicted that, ahead of their crucial October duels, Libya would be leading Group E and Nigeria would be sitting third. The Mediterranean Knights are coming off the back of a well-earned draw in South Africa, while the Super Eagles will be anxious to bounce back from a discouraging 2018 World Cup and a defeat at home by the Bafana Bafana in their opening qualifier for Cameroon 2019.