Algeria are just one of the African favourites making tricky away debuts this weekend in Brazil 2014 qualifying, while Ghana travel to face continental champions Zambia. FIFA.com previews a heavy schedule of crucial fixtures in Africa.
African champions Zambia lost 2-0 in Sudan, while the team they beat in the continental final, Côte d'Ivoire, defeated Tanzania on a busy Saturday of 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying action.
Cameroon and Central African Republic both got off to winning starts in Brazil 2014 qualifying as they beat Congo DR and Botswana respectively, while Kenya were held to a goalless draw against Malawi.
The Brazil 2014 preliminaries reach the group stage in Africa this weekend with a host of continental giants seeking to ease anxieties by making a positive start to their respective campaigns.
Nigeria are favourites to go through, but don’t belittle us or imagine that we will be easy opponents,” Walter Nyamilandu, President of the Football Association of Malawi
With Malawi drawn alongside two qualifiers, of which Namibia and Kenya look favourites, heavy-hitters Nigeria will fancy their chances in Group F, but a lacklustre record against minnows means they can't relax.