We recap the talking points from the latest World Cup qualifiers in Africa, as some of the continent's heavyweights took major steps towards Qatar.
Morocco and Senegal moved to within one victory of advancing to the last phase of African World Cup qualifying after wins on Saturday.
With 100 days to go until the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in Cameroon on January 9, ESPN's Ed Dove runs the rule over the top nine contenders.
Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia remain on track for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as round two of Africa's group preliminaries concluded on Tuesday.
Sadio Mane scored for Senegal as they began their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 home win over Togo as Africa kicked off the group phase.
Africa kicks off the group phase of its World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday with countries having to juggle their line-ups due to COVID restrictions.
Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on the transfer of Metz talent Pape Sarr, sources have told ESPN.
ESPN looks forward to the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, making far-too-early predictions and a group-by-group rundown after the draw.
Holders Algeria have been drawn in a group alongside Ivory Coast in the group stage for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
If Chelsea win the Champions League on Saturday, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy will be the first African stopper to win the title in its current form.
With 23 out of 24 Africa Cup of Nations sides decided, due to a COVID-19-related delay in one fixture, ESPN runs the rule over the 2022 competitors.
With nine months to go until the tournament, here are ESPN's far-too-early predictions of the top six contenders for the continent's grandest prize.
AS Monaco have signed Senegal international Krepin Diatta from Club Brugge for an undisclosed fee.
Former Senegal midfielder Papa Bouba Diop, who scored the winner to defeat World Cup holders France in the 2002 tournament, has died aged 42.
Senegal became the first country to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals after Sadio Mane secured a 1-0 victory away at Guinea Bissau.
Puma's head of product line management, David Bremond, spoke to ESPN about the five new African kits released during the international window.
Africa's national teams returned to action for the first time in 11 months, with a series of friendlies involving the continent's biggest nations.
While Africa has lost out on Saka and Traore, there are plenty of exciting young players set to make their debuts during this international window.
That could rise to as much as £25m as the Premier League club look to find a new No. 1 to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Sadio Mane should have won last year's FIFA World Player of the Year award ahead of Lionel Messi, France legend Alain Giresse has told ESPN.
Monaco's Keita Balde has said he will pay rent for 200 seasonal workers who have been sleeping rough in the city of Lleida.
Diomansy Kamara says Liverpool "are maybe not the best advocates" for Sadio Mane's individual aspirations, "despite their outstanding performances".
Pape Diouf, Africa's first high-profile sporting loss to the coronavirus, is remembered as "a man of conviction, generous ... he had integrity."