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2022 World Cup draw: Some 'easy' groups await Africa's giants, but they must beware overconfidence

The 40 African nations still standing in the qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup learned the identities of their group stage opponents during a star-studded event at The Nile Ritz-Carlton in Cairo on Tuesday, but not everyone will be happy with their lot.

Teams were drawn into 10 groups of four teams, with the winners of each pool set to advance to two-legged playoffs.

Here's ESPN's group-by-group guide to the 10 pools in light of Tuesday's draw; who are the winners and losers from the second...

Cape Town City's Olde Riekerink confident of success, despite Benni's looming shadow

Cape Town City head coach Jan Olde Riekerink has taken significant steps towards emerging from the shadows of predecessor Benni McCarthy, who was a fan favourite after a long career for South Africa and various Premier League sides.

Most recently, goals from Kermit Erasmus and Craig Martin sealed a scrappy but vital victory for City over Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium, helping lift the mood at the club after a dismal recent run under the former Ajax Amsterdam mentor.

A visibly relieved City dugout...

World Cup qualifying: South Africa, Ghana face tough roads to Qatar

Craig Burley praises Sadio Mane, after the Liverpool and Senegal star won the CAF African Player of the Year.

Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, and South Africa face tough roads to Qatar as African qualifying competition for the 2022 World Cup was unveiled on Tuesday.

Group D, which features regional powers Cameroon and Ivory Coast, will also include Mozambique and Malawi.

Ghana and South Africa, already paired together in the qualifiers for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, will join Zimbabwe and Ethiopia in Group G.

In total, 40 teams were into 10 groups of four teams, with the group winners advancing to...

Seven bold predictions for African football in 2020

This week's Confederation of African Football Awards in Egypt brought the curtain down on another 12-month cycle in the African game, with Sadio Mane, Asisat Oshoala and Achraf Hakimi foremost among those honoured.

While the ceremony represents an opportunity for African football to look back over the previous 12 months and take stock, it's also an ideal occasion to look forward and predict how the next year will look. Here are seven predictions for the next 12 months of African football.

Naby Keita...

Bundesliga in talks with South Africa's PSL, searching for next Aubameyang

CAPE TOWN -- Germany's Bundesliga has a growing reputation as one of the most 'watchable' top leagues in the world, and is hoping to use that perception to grow its footprint in Africa in the coming years.

The English Premier League and Spanish LaLiga have, for some time, had a strong presence in Africa, boosted by big brands such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Liverpool.

But the Bundesliga has its own appeal, for players and fans alike, and already boasts some of Africa's biggest...