Brazil brought Zambia's Olympic run to an end with a scrappy 1-0 win in Saitama but had to settle for second place in the group.
Barbra Banda wants to become the best women's footballer in the world after breaking an Olympic record in Zambia's 4-4 draw with China.
Zambia held China 4-4 in an Olympic thriller on Saturday, with China-based Barbra Banda becoming the first player to score consecutive hat-tricks.
Vivianne Miedema scored four goals and the Netherlands routed Zambia 10-3 to open the Olympics on Wednesday.
The African Nations Championship kicks off in Cameroon this weekend, with Africa's best home-based players contesting the biennial tournament.
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.
With most of Europe's big leagues yet to kick off, women's football in China and Scandinavia took top billing in September and Africa's stars shone.
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?
African football has stepped into a new decade, so ESPN remembers five defining moments of the past 10 years.
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'.
Sven Vandenbroeck's young and exciting side won't be present in Cameroon next year, but where did it go wrong for the Chipolopolo?
The 2012 champions fell to a 1-0 loss away from home and will miss next year's tournament.
Hosts Zambia have been drawn in a tough Group A at the 2018 COSAFA Under-20 Championships to be staged in Kitwe from December 2-14.
KweséESPN takes a look at the biggest winners and losers after the first four match days of Africa Cup of Nations 2019 qualifying.
The continental minnows dented Chipolopolo's AFCON hopes with a shock 2-1 triumph in Bissau on Sunday.
The Belgian picked up his first victory as Chipolopolo boss on Wednesday, and can now look forward to further success.
Chipolopolo saw off their opponents to move up to four points in AFCON qualifying Group K.
Chipolopolo players paid their respects on Wednesday close to the scene of the 1993 plane crash that killed 18 of their national team predecessors.
The Chipolopolo forward struck a 90th-minute equaliser to cancel out Benson Shilongo's opener for the hosts.
Sven Vandenbroeck begins his life as Chipolopolo coach against Namibia away, with the new man surely keen to get his tenure off to a winning start.
New Chipolopolo coach Sven Vandenbroeck has opted to recall a number of the stars overlooked by Wedson Nyirenda.
The Ethics Committee have banned the Zambia great after he was found guilty of violating two articles on the FIFA Code of Ethics.
The Young Bullets' hopes of retaining their U-17 crown were ended on Tuesday, while Namibia progressed as Group A winners.
Defending COSAFA U-17 Cup champions Zambia meet Lesotho on Sunday as they look to bounce back from their underwhelming opener against Mozambique.