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Manu Garba seeking redemption with Nigeria's Golden Eaglets

Two years after going from world champions to failing to qualify for the tournament, Nigeria's under-17 football team have made their way back to the global fiesta via a top four place at the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations.

Five-time winners Nigeria are the most successful team at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup, and they also boast three runners-up placings.

Current coach Manu Garba guided the Golden Eaglets to their fourth title in 2013, while his assistant, current Tanzania coach Emmanuel Amuneke, took...

Sebastien Desabre's Uganda spearheading East Africa's footballing ascent

East Africa has led the way for the continent in various sporting disciplines, primarily athletics, with the region's footballing achievements lagging behind, yet Uganda coach Sebastien Desabre believes change is afoot.

Speaking to ESPN, the 42-year-old Frenchman outlined his conviction that East Africa has the potential to match the continent's traditional footballing hotbeds. To do so, however, he says resources must be made available for the region's raw athletic talent to progress further.

Four...

Asamoah Gyan needs Afcon swansong to cement his legacy

Only two things prevent Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan from being considered one of the great African players of his generation.

The first is his decision to withdraw his talents from the world's biggest leagues at the age of 25, launching a seven-year sojourn in the lucrative United Arab Emirates and Chinese competitions, before a move to Turkey in 2017.

While these peak years were trophy-laden -- Gyan won three UAE Pro League titles, the Arab Gulf Super Cup in 2012 and the UAE President's Cup two...

Mohamed Salah and Egypt hold no fear for Sebastien Desabre's Uganda

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Uganda coach Sebastien Desabre is quietly confident that the Cranes may have an edge after being drawn against hosts Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations, and the Frenchman is already putting together a plan to neutralise the Pharaohs' star man Mohamed Salah.

The East Africans were handed a particularly tough first-round assignment after being pitted alongside Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe in Group A of the 2019 Afcon, which kicks off in Cairo on June 21.

However, Uganda have plenty...

Revenge and revolutions: Five Afcon clashes you absolutely should not miss

In light of Friday's CAF Africa Cup of Nations group-stage draw in Cairo, ESPN picks out five mouth-watering games to look forward in the first round.

The expanded 24-team format has meant more inclusion for the continent's lesser lights, while the traditional heavyweights have been spread around the groups.

However, there's absolutely no shortage of intrigue in the first round following a compelling first-round draw.

Tanzania vs. Kenya, June 27, 30 June Stadium, Cairo

East African derbies...