The African Nations Championship kicks off in Cameroon this weekend, with Africa's best home-based players contesting the biennial tournament.
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?
A swarm of bees swept across the field during a match in Tanzania, terrorising the players on the pitch and fans in the stands.
Rudi Gutendorf, the tireless manager who guided a world record 55 teams, including 18 national sides, has died at 93.
Tanzania have fired national team coach Emmanuel Amunike after they failed to win a game at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Algeria's Adam Ounas scored twice and Islam Slimani also netted in a 3-0 win over Tanzania as they finished top of Group C.
Kenya, helped by a Michael Olunga brace, twice came from behind to beat East African neighbours Tanzania 3-2 on Thursday.
Senegal made light of the absence of suspended forward Sadio Mane to dispatch Tanzania with a convincing 2-0 win.
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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'.
Stars such as Kelechi Iheanacho found their feet at the Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations, so who should fans watch closely at this year's edition?
The Nigerian legend says African coaches "can do much more if there is support from everyone instead of running to Europeans at every opportunity".
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.
To miss one open goal is unfortunate, but to miss two just moments apart is... well, just ask Lesotho forward Tumelo Khutlang.
Tanzania are on the brink of ending their near four-decade wait for AFCON qualification, and will qualify if they beat Lesotho on Sunday.
CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonya is confident that the region is braced for a 'new chapter' of success in continental competitions.
KweséESPN takes a look at the biggest winners and losers after the first four match days of Africa Cup of Nations 2019 qualifying.
The Taifa Stars defeated Cape Verde 2-0 in Tuesday's qualifier to keep their Africa Cup of Nations hopes alive.
Tanzania head coach Emmanuel Amunike has backed his team to bounce back and take maximum points when they host Cape Verde on Tuesday.