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Afcon Power Rankings: Who can challenge Mohamed Salah's Egypt?

Who are the favourites to win the expanded 24-team Africa Cup of Nations, and which teams face an uphill struggle to advance past the group stage in Egypt.

Ahead of the big kick-off on June 21, here's ESPN's Power Ranking for all 24 Afcon qualifiers, delivered, in time-honoured fashion, in reverse chronological order.


A recent 1-0 friendly victory over Ghana has offered some hope that Namibia can trouble the big boys, but they'll need more than that after being pitted alongside South...

Afcon Rank: Who can match Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane in Egypt?

When the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on 21 June in Egypt, all eyes will naturally be on local lad Mohamed Salah, both because he's the home favourite and because he's the best player on the continent. Obviously.

But there are plenty of other names to keep an eye on until the final on 19 July, including a number of Premier League and Europe-based stars that are coming off bright seasons for their clubs.

So who are the players most likely to star at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt?

- Africa...

Has Gervinho's Parma form been enough for an Afcon call?

As Parma close their Series A season against AS Roma on Sunday, most eyes will be on Daniele de Rossi as he plays his final game for the club after 18 years there. But Ivory Coast's Gervinho could well steal a few glances, having helped Parma avoid the drop.

Gervinho's renaissance at Parma this season has been as joyous as it was unexpected, and he may yet end his international career on a high when the Ivory Coast contest the Africa Cup of Nations next month.

The former Arsenal wideman is...

Afcon squads: Who will be on the plane to Egypt?

The 24 qualifiers for the expanded 2019 Africa Cup of Nations are naming their 23-man squads for the showpiece tournament.

Find out below who is on the plane to Egypt, and remember that teams have until the day before their first game at the tournament to replace an injured player.

ALGERIAThe Desert Foxes squad features just one Algeria-based player in Hicham Boudaoui, 19, who plays for Paradou. He  helped his club to finish third in the Algerian league and claim a...

Eric Bailly's season ends, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane strike again: Africans Abroad review

Eric Bailly's return to the Manchester United side ended in injury misery on Sunday, while Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita were among the goals again as Liverpool maintained their title charge during a mixed weekend for Africa's players in Europe's major league.

Following a strong maiden campaign in England after arriving from Villarreal in a £30 million deal in June 2016, Bailly's United career has been beset by injury and a loss of form. He lost his way under Jose Mourinho, and has...

Nicolas Pepe is the best in Ligue 1 after Kylian Mbappe. Will Lille's star head to the Premier League next?

Pepe's rise at Lille has pushed him to the top of many big clubs' summer transfer lists. Where will he go?

It's the million dollar question, and one that doesn't come up often in a player's career. But it's coming up right now for Nicolas Pepe and is fully deserved considering the incredible talent he is and the incredible season he's having. Back to the question: Where will Pepe play next season?

The only certainty we have is that he will leave Lille in the summer. He could have departed last August and could have gone to Lyon for €40 million, but he decided to stay one more season in the...