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."
Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o have slammed suggestions made by two doctors that Africa should be used as a test site for the coronavirus.
Former Marseille president Pape Diouf passed away on Tuesday after contracting the coronavirus, the French club has confirmed.
The likes of Nigeria and Senegal are in World Cup qualification groups they should easily win... But hubris could see a giant come crashing down.
Liverpool are facing the prospect of going a month without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane when the Africa Cup Of Nations returns in 2021.
African players are regularly central to the key narratives of a transfer window, and January 2020 ought to be no different.
Senegal eased to a 2-0 win over Congo while Nigeria could only scrape a 2-1 victory over Benin in the opening day of 2021 AFCON qualifiers.
Lebo Mothiba ended his long wait for a goal by scoring twice in Strasbourg's Ligue 1 victory over Nimes, while Salah and Mane starred for Liverpool.
Senegal walked away with the WAFU Cup of Nations title on Sunday, but there were plenty of memorable moments before the finale. Here are our awards.
Hosts Senegal are the champions of the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations after beating Ghana 3-1 in a penalty shootout.
Senegal won the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations after beating Ghana 3-1 in a penalty shootout. Re-live the action as it happened.
The finalists were the top seeded sides ahead of the draw, and they have been among the most eye-catching teams going forward during the tournament.