Nigeria have never been short of inspiration for international games, and coach Gernot Rohr wants them to be mentally tough against tiny Seychelles.
Here's the state of play heading into the final round of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, with 10 of the 24 berths in the finals up for grabs.
The final round of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers runs from 22 to 24 March. Which teams have opted to rest some of their biggest stars?
Nigeria's captain has not been involved with the Super Eagles since the World Cup in Russia. But the team does not appear to have missed its leader.
South Africa are second in Group E, two points ahead of Libya, and need only to draw the fixture in Sfax, Tunisia, to secure AFCON qualification.
Egypt has chosen six venues to host this year's African Cup of Nations, including the Port Said Stadium where 72 supporters died in 2012.
Mohamed Salah is set to be rested for Egypt's fixtures in March's international break, including a Africa Cup of Nations qualifer.
This year's African Nations Cup in Egypt has been pushed back by six days to cater for Ramadan and allow Muslim players time to rest and recover
South African legend Phil Masinga has passed away from "a cancer related disease," the nation's football association has announced.
The Egyptian star beat Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to win consecutive awards.
Egypt will host the 2019 African Nations Cup finals, the Confederation of African Football confirmed after a meeting of their executive committee.
CAF has given countries until the end of Friday to submit bids for the 2019 African Cup, which was taken away from Cameroon last month.
Uganda are targeting a spot at the 2026 World Cup after qualifying for back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, according to FUFA.
Where did it all go wrong for the Warriors in Liberia, and what must they get right in order to get over the line and reach the AFCON?
Riyad Mahrez scored twice as Algeria qualified for next year's Africa Cup of Nations, while Guinea, Mauritania and Ivory Coast joined them.
The Valencia midfielder scored his first goal since his nationality switch to keep the Central African Republic's AFCON hopes alive.
Uganda skipper Denis Onyango is determined that the Cranes will extend their clean-sheet record to the Africa Cup of Nations.
Uganda will be without Farouk Miya and captain Denis Onyango for Tuesday's international friendly against Nigeria in Asaba.
Stuart Baxter says he is "proud and frustrated" after South Africa played to a 1-1 draw with Nigeria on Saturday.
Who were Nigeria's key men as they held South Africa 1-1 on Saturday to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations?
Uganda head coach Sebastien Desabre is proud of the manner in which the Cranes qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Tanzania are on the brink of ending their near four-decade wait for AFCON qualification, and will qualify if they beat Lesotho on Sunday.
The Flames fell to a 2-1 defeat by Comoros on Saturday to ensure the Atlas Lions' participation in next year's showpiece.
While a defeat to Nigeria wouldn't be a disaster for South Africa, the AFCON qualifier has the feel of a pivotal moment for the country's football.
Zimbabwe are on the brink of reaching the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, but can they sustain this success?
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