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Child refugee Berahino's return helps Burundi reach African Nations Cup finals

Saido Berahino scored his first goal in over two years on Tuesday.
Stoke's Saido Berahino helped Burundi to qualify.

Saido Berahino's decision to play for the country his family fled when he was 10 paid off at the weekend as the Stoke forward helped Burundi qualify for their first-ever African Nations Cup finals.

A 1-1 draw at home to Gabon in Bujumbura on Saturday ensured qualification for Burundi, sparking wild celebrations in the east African country.

"It's amazing, I cannot find the words. I need to take myself away for a moment to try and properly realise what has happened because I have not really been...

Burundi seal first-ever AFCON qualification, three more nations make finals

Burundi are the third team who will make their debut at an expanded African Nations Cup.

Burundi qualified for the African Nations Cup finals for the first time as they kept Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in check to get the point they needed in a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

The result secured them second place in Group C to join Madagascar and Mauritania as countries going to the finals for the first time and their achievement sparked wild celebrations in the tiny east African country.

They were joined later on Saturday by Cameroon, Guinea Bissau and Namibia, who qualified despite...

Wilson nets debut goal as Angola seal Cup of Nations return

Angola striker Wilson Eduardo scored on his debut as they beat Botswana 1-0 to qualify for the expanded 24-team Africa Cup of Nations finals being hosted in Egypt from June 21-July 19.

Wilson, a former Portugal junior international, netted midway through the first half to ensure his side's passage to the continental championships in a game that was delayed for 30 minutes after halftime by a partial floodlight failure.

Angola have missed the last two Nations Cup tournaments, but secured their passage...

2019 Afcon qualifiers key squads

The final round of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers runs from 22 to 24 March. Which teams have opted to rest some of their biggest stars?

Nigeria (vs Seychelles - 22 March):

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba); Chidozie Awaziem (Rizespor, Turkey); William Troost-Ekong (Udinese, Italy); Leon...

Bafana Bafana recall Bongani Zungu, Keagan Dolly for AFCON qualifier vs. Libya

South Africa coach Stuart Baxter has recalled France-based midfielders Bongani Zungu and Keagan Dolly in naming his Bafana Bafana squad for their final Africa Cup of Nations Group E qualifier against Libya.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns stars have each been absent since they sustained serious injuries playing for their Ligue 1 clubs in September, Zungu spraining an anterior cruciate ligament and Dolly fracturing a tibia.

"It's good to have almost everyone back on board because there is no doubt how...