Some of the continent's less-heralded sides have made the most of the Africa Cup of Nations' expanded format.
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The wonderkid is being asked to step up in the absence of Andriy Yarmolenko, and first impressions have been encouraging.
KweséESPN takes a look at the biggest winners and losers after the first four match days of Africa Cup of Nations 2019 qualifying.
It was another defiant defensive display which helped Zimbabwe over the finish line for a shock 2-1 win vs. the DRC in an AFCON qualifier.
Ronald Pfumbidzai and Knowledge Musona scored either side of the break to fire Zimbabwe to an improbable 2-1 win over the DR Congo.
Zimbabwe coach Sunday Chidzambwa is unconcerned about the Democratic Republic of Congo's impressive collection of Europe-based stars.
KweséESPN looks at three takeaways from Zimbabwe's 1-1 battle with Congo in Brazzaville and how they can improve ahead of the DRC fixtures.
The Aston Villa new boy is set to miss the Liberia clash as he finds his way back to full fitness.
The Democratic Republic of Congo hitman seems to have moved to reject his manager's explanation of his absence.
The Leopards coach has told KweséESPN why the Beijing Guoan striker won't join the squad to face Liberia.
The Leopards will be without the Beijing Guoan striker for their upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
The Belgo-Congolese wideman joins the Terriers on a season-long loan deal from Montpellier, with an option to buy.
The Premier League new boys have recruited the Congolese-Norwegian youngster from Odds Ballklubb.
Lacklustre Nigeria were held to a 1-1 draw by the DR Congo, with William Troost-Ekong's opener cancelled out by Ben Malango.
Congolese Federation of Association Football (FECOFA) president Constant Omari has been arrested on corruption charges in Kinshasa.
FIFA council member Constant Omari has been arrested on corruption charges related to his role as president of the Congolese soccer federation.
A turbulent international break got worse for the Leopards as they were defeated by the Taifa Stars
Amin Tighazoui struck late for the CAF Champions League winners as they downed the Congolese giants following a cagey contest.
Congolese giants AS Vita Club were among a number of high-profile clubs to advance to the second round of the CAF Champions League on Wednesday.
FIFA have released the February edition of the FIFA World Rankings, with the Democratic Republic of Congo Africa's biggest climbers.
2017 was a memorable year in the African game, but which have been the biggest disappointments of the last 12 months?
Could Yannick Bolasie's return ensure that Everton can offer flair as well as Sam Allardyce's workmanlike organisation?
No African team can match the exploits of Tout Puissant Mazembe in continental competition, as they prepare to take on SuperSport United this weekend.
KweséESPN identify the five matches which ultimately decided Africa's World Cup qualifiers.
KweséESPN picks out the five biggest African disappointments of the World Cup qualifying campaign.