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Goal-greedy strikers hold the key to Nigeria's Afcon success

Nigeria have always had the good fortune of being blessed with an array of attacking talent, especially going into an Africa Cup of Nations, and this edition is no exception.

As much as a good backline has always satisfied the maxim of "defence wins championships," it has been the swashbuckling forward line which has captivated the fans and shot the Super Eagles to continental glory on three occasions.

Witness: 1980 Nations Cup-winning forwards Segun Odegbami, Adokiye Amiesmiaka, Aloysius Atuegbu...

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...

Leon Balogun defends Nigeria's Afcon chances, and his own reputation

Nigeria defender Leon Balogun bristles, in jocular indignation, when the subject of his perceived lack of pace is broached. He considers it a personal affront, and he quickly rises to his own defence.

"I need to correct that," he tells ESPN, just a few weeks out from the Africa Cup of Nations. "I think people are doing me wrong. It is just the way I run so people think I am slower.

"But I am unfortunate that I play alongside guys like Ahmed Musa, who are really fast. You cannot believe how fast...

Nigeria's Ordega: 'This will not be the Falcons that people know' at Women's World Cup

It is hard to catch Nigeria striker Francisca Ordega without a smile, but when she talks about expectations for the Super Falcons going into the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, that smile recedes into seriousness.

Since breaking into the top eight in 1999, Nigeria has not made it out of the group phase of the World Cup in the four attempts since.

Given the Super Falcons are by far the most dominant women's side on the continent, amassing the Africa Women Cup of Nations title on repeat, such a poor...

What to expect from Africa's women at the World Cup in France

Africa have been consistently represented at the Women's World Cup since Nigeria's Super Falcons qualified for the inaugural tournament in 1991, but a title has not nearly been in sight.

Only once has an African side reached the quarterfinals, and that was in 1999 when Nigeria reached the top 8, and that was as far as they went.

What should be expected of the three participating nations in France, namely Nigeria, South Africa, and Cameroon, and can any improve the continent's fortunes in...