Some of the continent's less-heralded sides have made the most of the Africa Cup of Nations' expanded format.
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Angola striker Wilson Eduardo scored on his debut as they beat Botswana 1-0 to qualify for the expanded 24-team Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Five supporters were killed after a CAF Champions League game between Primerio de Agosto and Tout Puissant Mazembe at the weekend.
Os Palancas Negras claimed the regional title to qualify for the U-17 African Cup of Nations.
The Amajimbos defeated Mauritius to set up a final showdown with Angola on Sunday.
South Africa sealed a place in the final of the Four Nations tournament in Ndola with a 6-5 penalty shoot-out victory over Angola on Wednesday.
Southern Africa has put on a surprisingly good showing at the CHAN, with all three of their entrants making it through to the quarter finals.
Congo-Brazzaville top CHAN Group D after drawing 0-0 in Agadir with Angola, who also progress to the quarter finals to meet Nigeria.
Ricardo Job Estevao scored a first-half penalty as Angola made it two consecutive wins at the CHAN to send Cameroon crashing out.
Angola and Burkina Faso played out a cagey 0-0 stalemate in Agadir as both sides began their African Nations Championship campaign with a point.
Angola have appointed Srdjan Vasiljevic to replace Beto Bianchi as head coach just weeks before the African Nations Championship.
Angola crashed out of the Cosafa Cup after failing to score for a second successive match and being pipped to top place in Group A by Tanzania.
Tanzania claimed a first-ever victory at the COSAFA Castle Cup at the eighth attempt after breezing past Malawi on Sunday.
A crowd stampeded at a football stadium in Angola, leaving at least 17 people dead and dozens injured.
Nigeria will not be competing at the 2017 African Nations Cup after losing 1-0 to Egypt on Tuesday.
Cameroon moved top of Group M after securing a 2-2 draw against South Africa in their 2017 African Nations Cup qualifying clash on Saturday.
Cameroon defeated DR Congo 3-1 on Monday to advance to the African Nations Championship quarterfinals as Group B winners.
DR Congo advanced to the knockout stage of the African Nations Championship by beating Angola 4-2 on Thursday for their second straight win.
Nigeria advanced to the third round of African qualifying for the 2018 World Cup with a 2-0 win over Swaziland on Tuesday.
African giants Senegal and Ghana were both held to draws away from home as their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaigns got off to a shaky start.
Portugal defeated Italy 1-0 in an international friendly on Tuesday to inflict Antonio Conte's first defeat as Azzurri coach.
Nigeria beat Chad in their Group G opener in qualification for the 2017 African Nations Cup.
Oscar and Neymar scored as Brazil rallied past France 3-1 in a friendly on Thursday.