Some of the continent's less-heralded sides have made the most of the Africa Cup of Nations' expanded format.
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Liverpool are sweating on the fitness of Naby Keita after the midfielder sustained a muscular injury in his leg on international duty with Guinea.
Abdoul Camara had been due to return to action with Guingamp this season after his 2017-18 campaign had been cut short by a knee injury.
Only four months ago, the Guinean wonderkid was playing football on the streets of Conakry, but he's making an instant impact in Ligue 1.
Horoya coach Victor Zvunka hailed his team's qualification for the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League after their draw with Sundowns.
Naby Keita, RB Leipzig's Liverpool-bound midfielder, pulled out of the Guinea squad with a lower back injury and the flu.
The Syli Nationale have unveiled the Belgian coach as Kanfory Bangoura's successor.
Achraf Bencharki missed a second-half penalty as Morocco were held 0-0 by Sudan in their final group game at the African Nations Championship.
Guinea goalkeeper Kante has told KweséESPN that Aboubaca 'Gal' Camara will come back stronger after his glaring CHAN error against Morocco.
The outstanding Ayoub El Kaabi scored twice as the CHAN hosts made it two wins out of two to all but end Guinea's CHAN 2018 hopes.
Sudan began their CHAN campaign with a 2-1 victory over Guinea in Group A, with Maki Saifeldin Bakhit missing a penalty and scoring the winner.
The North Africans confirmed their berth in Russia after drawing 0-0 with Libya in Rades, ending the Democratic Republic of Congo's World Cup hopes.
Youssef Msanki scored a hat-trick and Naby Keita was shown a straight red as Tunisia beat Guinea 4-1 in Conakry, while Congo beat Libya 2-1.
Guinea's hopes of reaching a maiden World Cup are in tatters after Hamdou Elhouni's strike secured victory for ten-man Libya in Monastir.
The Libyans almost staged a remarkable comeback after two late points before Alkhali Bangoura's late winner.
Schalke may have beaten RasenBallsport Leipzig 2-0 in their Bundesliga opener, but the home side's sporting director was very impressed by Naby Keita.
The Belgo-Guinean striker has moved to the Jupiler League side until the end of the season.
Guinea stunned Ivory Coast and South Africa ended their Nigerian hoodoo on a day of shocks in the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers on Saturday.
Algeria kicked off preparations for the 2019 Nations Cup qualifiers with a 2-1 friendly victory over Guinea at Stade Mustapha Tchaker on Tuesday.
Guinea are out of the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup after a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Argentina in their final Group A clash in Jeju on Friday.
Guinea started their U-20 World Cup campaign with a 3-0 defeat by hosts South Korea in Jeonju on Saturday as they capitulated late on.
The Ligue 1 strugglers have appointed the former national team boss as Lounceny Mara.
Jordaan was one of three prospective candidates to back out of the FIFA Council race just before next week's votes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Egypt maintained their 100 percent start to World Cup qualifying and returned to the top of Group E thanks to a 2-0 win against Ghana.
African football leaders have elected officials from Guinea and Ghana to fill two new seats on the FIFA Council.