Some of the continent's less-heralded sides have made the most of the Africa Cup of Nations' expanded format.
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Nigeria and Benin meet on Thursday evening at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium in the second semi final of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations.
Benin are reportedly facing exclusion from qualifying for the 2019 African Nations Cup unless they pay money owed to former coach Didier Olle-Nicolle.
Khowledge Musona netted a hat-trick as Zimbabwe beat Liberia, while Uganda, Ghana and Benin also claimed 2019 Afcon qualifying wins.
FIFA has threatened Benin with another suspension from international soccer after a judge in the West African nation issued arrest warrants on Friday.
Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura of Senegal has been appointed as the new FIFA Secretary General by the FIFA Council.
Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew failed to convert a close-range opportunity for Avram Grant's group leaders.
Zambia were held to a 1-1 draw by Congo in a key African Nations Cup qualifier on Wednesday.
Nigeria advanced to the third round of African qualifying for the 2018 World Cup with a 2-0 win over Swaziland on Tuesday.
DR Congo and Guinea earned crucial away wins in the second round of African qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
South Korea won a friendly on Tuesday while Iran and Japan played to a draw as some of Asia's biggest teams had the day off from World Cup qualifying.
Ghana eased to victory over Mauritius in their opening 2017 African Nations Cup qualifier, while Cameroon left it late to beat Mauritania.