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Why Chipolopolo can get stronger after Nyirenda exit

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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.

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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

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Egypt had...

Zambia's AFCON qualifying: Where did it go wrong?

Zambia's impressive displays in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers generated genuine hope that the good times would soon be back for the 2012 African champions, and the arrival of Sven Vandenbroeck was expected to further accelerate the team's revival.

As the Southern Africans survey the wreckage in the aftermath of yet another crushing exit from the Africa Cup of Nations, however, it is not easy to escape the conclusion that Vandenbroeck's appointment in July actually precipitated Zambia's stunning...

Zambia out of AFCON running after Mozambique defeat

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2012 Africa Cup of Nations champions Zambia were defeated 1-0 in Mozambique on Sunday as their hopes of reaching next year's tournament in Cameroon were extinguished.

After five matches, Chipolopolo sit bottom of Group K on four points, four behind Guinea-Bissau and Namibia in first and second, and three off Mozambique.

The top two played out a 0-0 draw in Windhoek on Saturday.

Reginaldo scored the only goal of the game - in the 63rd minute - as Mozambique secured a major victory to keep their qualifying...

COSAFA U20: Hosts Zambia get tough draw

Hosts Zambia have been drawn in a tough Group A at the 2018 COSAFA Under-20 Championships to be staged in Kitwe from December 2-14 as they seek to regain the trophy they last won two years ago.

Zambia have been drawn alongside Malawi, Mozambique and newcomers Réunion, who will bring an extra dimension and something of the unknown as an associate member of COSAFA.

All three will present a stern challenge for Zambia, who were crowned 2016 African champions, but disappointingly exited in the...