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Africa Cup of Nations qualifying: Five big observations

Less than four months after Algeria defeated Senegal to clinch the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations title, qualifying for the 2021 edition has begun, with a series of fascinating fixtures across the continent during the international break.

There were shocks aplenty, several fine performances, and a handful of individuals who stood out above the rest. Here are Ed Dove's five big observations from the opening two rounds of Afcon qualifying.

Afcon champions remain the team to beat

Six teams took the maximum...

Musa Barrow: The Gambian wonderkid rivalling Kylian Mbappe

It will come as little surprise to the majority of football fans that the youngest player to have been directly involved in six or more goals in all competitions in Europe's major leagues so far this term is Kylian Mbappe.

The Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid - and World Cup winner - scored four in his first three Ligue 1 matches this season, and contributed assists against Amiens and Nimes before being sidelined by a red card in the latter match.

While Mbappe is a household name, his closest rival...