International friendlies: Fixtures, match times, which African teams are playing?

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With the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying stage looming, several African teams are playing international friendly games.

Sides participating in friendlies are those whose 2022 Fifa World Cup qualification bid ended early.

Headlining those teams are continental heavyweights Ivory Coast whose quest to book a place in Qatar was crushed by Cameroon.

Also after failing to impress at the Afcon finals, they are back to gather themselves up as they start preparing to host the continent’s biennial competition next year.

GOAL takes you through all you need to know about the friendlies between Friday and Monday.

Top picks

France vs Ivory Coast

Nicolas Pepe Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone Africa Cup of Nations 2021

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The Elephants face current world champions France at Stade Velodrome in Marseille.

This is part of preparing for their long-term goal to clinch the Afcon title on home soil in 2023.

Familiar faces like Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, Nicolas Pepe, Sebastien Haller and Max-Alain Gradel feature in the Ivory Coast squad.

South Africa vs Guinea

Rushine De Reuck & Victor Letsoalo, Bafana Bafana, October 2021

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South Africa meet Guinea at Guldensporenstadion in Kortrijk in their first assignment since failing to qualify for the World Cup in 2022.

The West Africans are very competitive opponents and Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos would need to fine-tune his squad for challenging fixtures in future.

Guinea are back in action after an early exit from the Afcon finals in Cameroon.

All information is accurate at the time of publication.

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