This section on the road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ is one of the more difficult to call. Senegal are very much one of the in-form African teams of the moment, but Uganda and Angola have the strength to get into a long-term race with the 2002 World Cup quarter-finalists. Liberia, who had a walkover in the first round of qualifying after Mauritius withdrew, will also certainly expect to take points at home.

The favourites
On paper, Senegal are the team to beat in the group. They are ranked sixth in Africa and 46th in the world. However, since first taking the football world by storm at the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals in Korea and Japan, when they sensationally advanced to the quarter-finals, very little has been heard of Les Lions de la Teranga.

The outsiders
Uganda
: Once one of the stronger teams on the continent, Uganda finished runners-up to Ghana at the 1978 Cup of Nations after stunning Nigeria in the semi-finals. Under Scottish coach Bobby Williamson, the Cranes are hoping to return to their old glory days and could well provide a stumbling block for Senegal.

Angola: The Palancas Negras have been on an upswing since the turn of the millennia, with the obvious bright spot being a place at Germany 2006. They hoped to do better than eighth when hosting the 2010 AFCON, but they have a collection of unquestionable talent to call on.

Players to watch
Flavio, Manucho (ANG), Denis Onyango, David Obua (UGA), Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Souleymane Diawara, Mamadou Niang (SEN)

The crunch match
Angola-Uganda
If either Angola or Uganda want to oust favourites Senegal, they will probably have to pick up at least four points from two matches against each other. The head-to-head results between the two are evenly poised, with both countries having won two and lost two. Four of the five matches have been in FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and here Angola have the upper hand, having won two and drawn one.

A look back
Senegal
3-0 Uganda, 24 March 2001, Dakar
Going into this Cup of Nations qualifier, Senegal were desperate to kick-start their campaign, while Uganda arrived on a bit of a high. However, two goals by El-Hadji Diouf and another from Henri Camara gave victory to the west African side, and they went on to qualify for the finals, while Uganda was knocked out. Diouf and Camara were to be important members of the Senegal squad that a year later stunned the defending world champions France in their opening game at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. 

The stat
14 -
The number of games that Uganda have gone winless away from home in FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The Cranes have managed just one draw in those games, although that was at Angola on the road to South Africa 2010. All 13 other matches were lost with the Ugandans scoring just eight goals and conceding 37 in those games.

Did you know?
Uganda and Angola are also facing each other in the qualifiers for the 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, and they are also both - like for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers - in Group J.

Have your say
Can Uganda or Angola stun Senegal and snatch top place in the group?