The Chelsea forward's retirement came as something of a shock, but Gernot Rohr's has made the most of a tricky situation.
Which are the key areas that could decide the Super Eagles' showdown with Bafana Bafana at the FNB Stadium?
Talent Chawapiwa believes Zimbabwe's formidable fire power can 'punish' Liberia in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Despite the high-profile call-ups to the Ghana fold, it's Thomas Partey who remains the Black Stars' best hope.
Tinotenda Kadewere's return to full fitness after four months out with a knee complaint should prove a great lift for Zimbabwe.
It is a sign of South Africa's injury crisis and rapid evolution that just nine of their 23-man squad have ever faced Nigeria before.
Montpellier defender Ambroise Oyongo has been ruled out of the Cameroon squad to face Morocco in Friday's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Nigeria may be in pole position in Group E, but they're up against it in Johannesburg if they're to avoid a repeat of recent unhappy memories.
The Black Stars have revealed that the Internazionale midfielder will not be involved in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia.
KweséESPN looks at five talking points for South Africa ahead of the crunch AFCON qualifier against Nigeria next weekend.
Odion Ighalo tells KweséESPN he is "devastated and sad" after suffering an injury that has effectively ended his season.
Kwesi Appiah's latest Ghana squad has highlighted the severity of one of the Black Stars' longest standing problems.
Galatasary forward Henry Onyekuru has been called up from the standby list to replace Odion Ighalo ahead of Nigeria's AFCON qualifier vs Bafana.
The Ayew brothers are set to end their year-long absence from the Black Stars squad after being called up for the Ethiopia clash.
Hearts midfielder Arnaud Djoum has been named in Cameroon's squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Morocco on November 16.
Thulani Serero's return to Bafana Bafana for the AFCON qualifier vs. Nigeria came as a welcome surprise, and one that finally sees sanity prevail.
Thulani Serero has received a surprise recall to the South African national side for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria.
Gernot Rohr's selection of Adeleye Olamilekan may have been a response to critics of his usual policy, but it could just lead to more problems.
Uganda coach Sebastien Desabre has named a 30-man squad ahead of a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Cape Verde next month.
Charleroi's Victor Osimhen has been recalled to the 23-man Nigeria squad for next month's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa.
South Africa have a mounting central midfield crisis ahead of their crucial AFCON qualifier against Nigeria in Johannesburg next month.
The Teranga Lions coach believes that it's time for his side to truly challenge for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The 34-year-old defender has proposed his services to Nicolas Dupuis ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.
The decision will put the South American tournament in line with UEFA's European Championship.
Barea coach Nicolas Dupuis is keen to recruit talent from the nation's diaspora around the world ahead of his side's maiden AFCON campaign.
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