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Afcon Power Rankings: Who can challenge Mohamed Salah's Egypt?

Who are the favourites to win the expanded 24-team Africa Cup of Nations, and which teams face an uphill struggle to advance past the group stage in Egypt.

Ahead of the big kick-off on June 21, here's ESPN's Power Ranking for all 24 Afcon qualifiers, delivered, in time-honoured fashion, in reverse chronological order.

24. NAMIBIA

A recent 1-0 friendly victory over Ghana has offered some hope that Namibia can trouble the big boys, but they'll need more than that after being pitted alongside South...

Afcon Rank: Who can match Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane in Egypt?

When the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on 21 June in Egypt, all eyes will naturally be on local lad Mohamed Salah, both because he's the home favourite and because he's the best player on the continent. Obviously.

But there are plenty of other names to keep an eye on until the final on 19 July, including a number of Premier League and Europe-based stars that are coming off bright seasons for their clubs.

So who are the players most likely to star at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt?

- Africa...

Africans Abroad: African talent underpins Liverpool's European success

Liverpool's Champions League success in 2018-19 represents one of the most significant African contributions ever made to a European Cup-winning team.

The Reds defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid on Saturday as they conquered Europe for the sixth time, and ended their 14-year wait for the continental crown.

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring with a second-minute penalty -- the second-fastest goal in the fixture's history -- before Divock Origi added a second in the 87th minute to kill any hope...

Afcon security beefed up in wake of Cairo explosion

Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad said a special committee has been set up to deal with security concerns at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt next month.

At least 17 people were injured when an explosion hit a bus carrying mostly South African tourists in Cairo 10 days ago. The rudimentary device containing nails and pieces of metal detonated on the perimeter of the Grand Egyptian Museum.

Egypt's Interior Ministry said recently that militant group Hasm were planning...

Afcon squads: Who will be on the plane to Egypt?

The 24 qualifiers for the expanded 2019 Africa Cup of Nations are naming their 23-man squads for the showpiece tournament.

Find out below who is on the plane to Egypt, and remember that teams have until the day before their first game at the tournament to replace an injured player.

ALGERIAThe Desert Foxes squad features just one Algeria-based player in Hicham Boudaoui, 19, who plays for Paradou. He  helped his club to finish third in the Algerian league and claim a...