The sense in recent years has been that, whenever African football takes a step forward, it quickly takes two back. The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations was a watchable, enjoyable tournament that was settled in thrilling style and showcased the best of what the continent has to offer. In 2018, that reputation took a hit as none of Africa's five representatives made it out of the World Cup's group stage.
The prevailing cliche is that without any truly world-class side, standards in Africa don't come...
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.
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...
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?
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...