The 2021 edition of the continental tournament is moving back to a January-February slot in the congested global football calendar, a switch likely to be unpopular with Premier League clubs.
African players are regularly central to the key narratives of a transfer window, and January 2020 ought to be no different.
Already, Henry Onyekuru and Badou N'Diaye have secured moves -- signing for Galatasaray and Trabzonspor on loan respectively -- and we can expect the continent's top stars to populate the rumour mill, and the done deal stories, until the start of February.
Here are some of the key African transfer narratives to keep tabs on over the coming weeks.
Kalidou Koulibaly is the most...
Senegal showed their teeth on the opening day of qualifiers for the 2021 African Cup of Nations but other continental heavyweights struggled to find form on Wednesday.
Nigeria could only scrape a 2-1 home win over tiny neighbours Benin while Cameroon were held to an embarrassing home draw by the Cape Verde Islands.
Cameroon are hosts of the next finals but are also participating in the qualifying competition.
- Dove: Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers: Road to Cameroon begins
Lebo Mothiba ended his five-and-a-half-month wait for a goal by scoring twice in Strasbourg's Ligue 1 victory over Nimes last weekend, while both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane starred as Liverpool defeated Manchester City in a potentially decisive clash at the top of the English Premier League.
South Africa's Mothiba hadn't scored since May when he took to the field at La Meinau on Saturday, enduring a goalless stint with South Africa at the Africa Cup of Nations before a sluggish start to the season...
Senegal walked away with the WAFU Cup of Nations title on Sunday, winning it on home soil after beating then-holders Ghana in a penalty shootout (one of many in the tournament).
While the sides in the Cup final were domestic-based versions of continental heavyweights, the Plate final was a story of success against the odds, as Guinea defeated tiny Cape Verde... also on penalties.
ESPN's Ed Dove reveals his tournament awards following a fascinating two weeks of African football.