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AFCON 2019: Will Senegal's unsung hero Idrissa Gueye finally get the credit he deserves?

Steve Nicol says Riyad Mahrez and Co. are best positioned to win Friday's African Cup of Nations final.

African football loves to laud its superstars. Images, narratives and stories surrounding Mohamed Salah dominated the first half of this Africa Cup of Nations, while Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez have stepped into the limelight during the knockout stages following the hosts' early exit.

Now some quarters are billing Friday's final between Algeria and Senegal as a showdown between Mahrez and Mane -- a re-run of the epic Manchester City-Liverpool slugfest that drove that English Premier League title...

AFCON: Algeria favourites vs. Senegal as old friends Belmadi and Cisse reunite on the touchline

Steve Nicol says Riyad Mahrez and Co. are best positioned to win Friday's African Cup of Nations final.

 For Djamel Belmadi and Aliou Cisse, there is the overwhelming sense that Friday's Africa Cup of Nations final between Algeria and Senegal was written in the stars. It is not so long since they were lining up opposite each other at youth competitions in Champigny-sur-Marne, a dormitory town outside of Paris. On Friday they will walk out together in the crucible of Cairo International Stadium, holding their respective countries' footballing fates in their hands.

"It is fate," said Belmadi,...

Nigeria's Odion Ighalo, John Obi Mikel retire from international football

Nigeria stars Odion Ighalo and John Obi Mikel are retiring from international football.

Sources told ESPN FC that Ighalo, whose goal helped Nigeria to beat Tunisia 1-0 in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Bronze Final on Wednesday night, informed coach Gernot Rohr of his decision before the match and then left to join his club in China immediately after the game.

"After the game, [Ighalo] gave his jersey as a souvenir to the coach, said his goodbyes and left," a source said.

Ighalo was the subject...

Infantino: African football will 'significantly improve' with FIFA help

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday that the unprecedented move to step in and jointly administer African football with the regional body CAF will "significantly improve" the sport on the continent.

Infantino also brushed aside suggestions that there was widespread opposition to the move, which followed corruption allegations against CAF president Ahmad Ahmad.

FIFA is sending its Senegalese secretary general Fatma Samoura on a ninth-month secondment from August to overhaul CAF, which...

Nigeria claim AFCON bronze over Tunisia as Rohr makes Super Eagles history

Nigeria players celebrate after winning the Africa Cup of Nations third-place game against Tunisia.
Nigeria earned their eighth bronze media in the Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 win over Tunisia.

Nigeria established themselves as the masters of the Africa Cup of Nations bronze-medal match, beating Tunisia 1-0 to claim their eighth third-place medal after Odion Ighalo poked home from close range.

They also kept a clean sheet for only the third time in the tournament, something that will please Gernot Rohr. But there was something else to please the German, who set a record as the first Nigeria coach to use all 23 squad players in a tournament. That, and other takeaways from the game.

Rohr...