Some of the continent's less-heralded sides have made the most of the Africa Cup of Nations' expanded format.
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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.
Zimbabwe held on for a vital point in their push to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals after a 1-1 away draw against Congo.
Torpedo Moscow cancelled the contract of defender Erving Botaka-Yoboma only six days after re-signing him.
Barel Mouko missed the only shootout spotkick as Libya beat Congo-Brazzaville 5-3 following a 1-1 draw to reach the CHAN semi finals.
Congo-Brazzaville top CHAN Group D after drawing 0-0 in Agadir with Angola, who also progress to the quarter finals to meet Nigeria.
Goals from Carof Bakoua and Kader Bidimbou took Congo past Burkina Faso and into the CHAN quarter finals
Junior Makiesse struck the winner from the penalty spot as Congo-Brazzaville beat Cameroon in their CHAN opener in Agadir on Tuesday.
Edwin Gyasi's first Ghana goal cancelled out Shikabala's opener as the Black Stars end their World Cup qualifying campaign with a draw against Egypt.
Egypt became the second African nation after Nigeria to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup following a last-gasp 2-1 win against Congo.
Thomas Partey scored a hat-trick and Richmond Boakye netted twice as Ghana defeated Congo-Brazzaville 5-1 to revive their faint World Cup hopes.
Ghana's bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup suffered a major setback on Friday after they could only draw 1-1 with Congo-Brazzaville in Kumasi.
Congo have named Sebastien Migne as their new coach ahead of their 2019 African Nations Cup qualification campaign.
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 provided more late drama at the ANC when they snatched the last place in the semifinals with an 87th-minute goal to beat Morocco 1-0 on Sunday.
Chelsea's Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel scored for Nigeria as they continued their perfect start to World Cup qualifying with a 3-1 win vs. Algeria.
Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho both found the back of the net as Nigeria defeated Zambia 2-1 in World Cup qualifying.
Three of the five African teams at the 2014 World Cup have been drawn in the same group to qualify for the 2018 edition.
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.
Islam Slimani netted twice in the second half to save a 2-2 draw for Algeria away at Tanzania.
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.
South Sudan's first World Cup qualifying campaign ended early following a 4-0 defeat at Mauritania on Tuesday.
The Confederation of African Football says Egypt has withdrawn its men's and women's football teams from the All Africa Games in Republic of Congo.