With Cameroon and Côte d'Ivoire already qualified, only one more African berth at the 2008 Men's Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008 is to be decided on Wednesday.

There might be five matches across the continent scheduled for the final match day of the African campaign, but only one of them bares any relevance to deciding the identity of the final qualified team.

The 1996 gold medalists Nigeria must win at home in Abuja against South Africa. Victory will see them join the Cameroonians and Ivorians on the plane to Beijing in August. A draw or a defeat will allow Ghana to qualify.

On paper it would seem a routine assignment for the Eagles, who host a side without a win in their three of previous qualifiers. However, Nigerian football is in a crisis of confidence, precipitated by the poor performance of its national side at the recent CAF Africa Cup of Nations.

Call-ups for the likes of John Obi Mikel, Taye Taiwo and Victor Anichebe, who all play at the highest level for their club sides in Europe, have also been questioned because of their failure to compete for the U-23 side in previous qualifiers.

The integration of these players into the current squad is seen as contentious and left coach Samson Siasia trying to curb a debate which he fears will detract his from the primary task on Wednesday; namely getting all three points against South Africa.

Nigeria are two points behind leaders Ghana in the standings but their west African rivals have already completed their campaign.

Ghana ended up with seven points from their four matches in Group C, which was cut down to just three teams after the withdrawal of Ethiopia. The Ghanaians could have qualified last November had they beaten Nigeria at home in their final match but found their rivals' rearguard too stubborn and the game ended in a goalless draw.

Nigeria started their campaign with a 3-2 win over Ghana followed by two away draws to given them five points. They now have their destiny in their own hands.

Or do they? "There is a motivation to do well, hopefully this time round we can get the goals we have been missing," said South African under-23 international Eleazor Rodgers.

"It's going to be tough, but the pressure is not on us. We can just relax and enjoy ourselves. An upset is possible, we have the talent and ability," he insisted before the team's departure for Nigeria on Monday.

Merely match practice
For Cameroon and Côte d'Ivoire their final games in the qualifying campaign are merely match practice ahead of their Olympic adventure

Cameroon meet Botswana in Yaounde in their Group A tie while the Ivorians complete the Group B programme away against Senegal in Dakar.

Both sides have used the opportunity to call up strong squads with Cameroon bringing players back from France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal. Many of these players are youngsters on the fringe of the squad who have been given a timely opportunity to impress coach Martin Ndtoungou Mpile.

Ivorian coach Gerard Gili is also scouring across clubs in Europe for candidates for his Olympic squad, but has also included two players who were with the senior team which he coached at the recent CAF Africa Cup of Nations.

Gervais Yao Kouassi will captain the side at Dakar's Demba Diop stadium and Constant Djakpa is expected to start in defence after also appearing at the tournament in Ghana.