ESPN assesses the state of play after four of six rounds of matches in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.
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Africa's national teams returned to action for the first time in 11 months, with a series of friendlies involving the continent's biggest nations.
CAF, Africa's football governing body, gave member nations till 5 May to decide a way forward for their leagues. So where does the continent stand?
Nairobi-based Gor Mahia have been crowned champions of the Kenya Premier League, making them the third African country to call off their season.
The likes of Nigeria and Senegal are in World Cup qualification groups they should easily win... But hubris could see a giant come crashing down.
The recent CAF Awards ceremony provided an ideal opportunity to look forward and predict how the next year will look for African football.
Senegal's Sadio Mane had a penalty saved but later scored his first two goals at this year's Africa Cup of Nations as they beat Kenya 3-0.
Kenya, helped by a Michael Olunga brace, twice came from behind to beat East African neighbours Tanzania 3-2 on Thursday.
Kenya, known as the Harambee Stars, are taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations for the sixth time, and they have won only one match out of 15.
Riyad Mahrez led Algeria to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Kenya as they opened their Africa Cup of Nations finals campaign with a solid display.
We celebrate five African players who may not enjoy a huge international reputation, but who boast some of the Afcon's most intriguing tales.
Who are the strongest teams in the expanded 24-team Africa Cup of Nations, and who faces an uphill struggle to advance past the group stage?
Who are the best players at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt?
The 24 qualifiers for the expanded 2019 Africa Cup of Nations are naming their 23-man squads for the showpiece tournament.
The French coach is confident the region is beginning to realise its untapped football potential.
ESPN selects the pick of the Afcon group-stage clashes, for various diverse reasons, following Friday's draw in Cairo.
At the 2019 Afcon draw, big guns like Egypt and Nigeria got groups some would consider easy, while Group D are the traditional 'Group of Death'.
Some of the continent's less-heralded sides have made the most of the Africa Cup of Nations' expanded format.
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?
Hussein Swaleh, former general secretary of the Kenyan Football Federation, was among the 157 people killed in the weekend Ethiopian Airlines crash.
Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has confirmed that Algerian club CS Constantine are interested in signing Kenya international Francis Kahata.
Kenyan Premier League side AFC Leopards has completed the signing of Rwanda keeper Eric Ndayishimiye on a two-year deal.
The Kenyan Premier League champions have parted ways with their English coach.
Gor Mahia CEO Lodvick Aduda is concerned about the absence of head coach Dylan Kerr, who has gone AWOL since this week's game against Everton.