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2022 World Cup draw: Some 'easy' groups await Africa's giants, but they must beware overconfidence

The 40 African nations still standing in the qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup learned the identities of their group stage opponents during a star-studded event at The Nile Ritz-Carlton in Cairo on Tuesday, but not everyone will be happy with their lot.

Teams were drawn into 10 groups of four teams, with the winners of each pool set to advance to two-legged playoffs.

Here's ESPN's group-by-group guide to the 10 pools in light of Tuesday's draw; who are the winners and losers from the second...

Seven bold predictions for African football in 2020

This week's Confederation of African Football Awards in Egypt brought the curtain down on another 12-month cycle in the African game, with Sadio Mane, Asisat Oshoala and Achraf Hakimi foremost among those honoured.

While the ceremony represents an opportunity for African football to look back over the previous 12 months and take stock, it's also an ideal occasion to look forward and predict how the next year will look. Here are seven predictions for the next 12 months of African football.

Naby Keita...

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...

Afcon qualifiers: Tunisia wins, Morocco held to draw by Mauritania

Tunisia beat Libya in African Cup of Nations qualifying.

Tunisia's Saif-Eddine Khaoui and Wahbi Khazri each scored twice in a 4-1 win over Libya in Rades on Friday to ensure a strong start to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.

Olympique de Marseille forward Khaoui netted his first international goals either side of the break following the opener from Khazri, who knocked in the rebound in the 33rd minute after his penalty was saved and struck again late on.

Hamdou Elhouni got Libya's consolation just before halftime.

In the other Group...

Morocco hire former Japan boss Halilhodzic as coach

Vahid Halilhodzic signed a four-year contract as the new coach of Morocco but was handed a tough list of targets by his new employers.

The 67-year-old Bosnian replaces Herve Renard, who quit after Morocco were eliminated in the last-16 of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt despite being one of the favourites.

The new coach has been tasked with reaching the semi-finals of the next Africa Cup of Nations in 2021, qualifying Morocco for the World Cup in Qatar the year after, and winning the Cup of Nations...