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Nigeria players union renews call for insurance system after Christian Chukwu illness

Nigeria's football players union has called on the national federation once again to assist in implementing an insurance scheme to provide welfare coverage for players who have fallen on hard times.

ESPN has learned of the renewed desire to act in the wake of inaccurate reports that Nigeria's Super Eagles legend Christian Chukwu had been "abandoned" in ill-health.

Austin Popo, a retired player and current General Secretary of the Nigeria players union, the National Association of Nigeria Professional...

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...

Afcon 2019: Nigeria's 'easy' group isn't as easy as it looks...

It is hard not to picture Gernot Rohr, an impish smile lurking beneath his serious visage, doing all he can to restrain himself from rubbing his hands in Grinch-like glee as he contemplated the kind draw for his side at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Rohr could not have asked for a more favourable group if he had stood on the podium and dipped his hands into the bowl himself. Guinea, Madagascar, and Burundi are as good as he, or any other Nigerian, could have hoped for going into the ceremony on...

2019 Afcon draw: Early predictions for each group

The six groups for the expanded Africa Cup of Nations were drawn in a glamorous ceremony in the shadow of the Pyramids of Giza, just outside Cairo, on Friday, as the 24 teams learned their first-round opponents.

With the group stage mapped out, what should fans expect from the opening round of fixtures, where are the potential upsets, and who are the players to watch in African football's biennial showpiece?

Group A

Teams: Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Overview:

Egypt had...

U-17 Afcon: Will another Kelechi Iheanacho, or two, be unearthed?

The Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on Sunday, as the continent's finest young players compete for the prestigious youth title over two weeks in Tanzania.

Age-grade competitions are taken particularly seriously in Africa, and the Under-17 Afcon has, over the years, offered a first glimpse of some of the continent's brightest young talents.

Nigerian starlets Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Nwakali, and Kelechi Iheanacho all burst into the wider public consciousness during the competition, and are...