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Nigeria 'careful but we are optimistic' after World Cup qualifying draw

Such is the state of Nigerian football at the moment that even something as benign as the draw ceremony for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, held in Egypt on Tuesday evening, came fraught with controversy.

Gernot Rohr, who coaches the Nigeria Super Eagles team and has been at every other draw ceremony since taking the job, was not present in Egypt. Instead, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) general secretary Mohammed Sanusi represented Nigeria.

An NFF official told ESPN that the coach missed the ceremony...

Africa's 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying draw: Everything you need to know

The road to Qatar begins for Africa's giants on Tuesday at the World Cup 2022 qualifying group-stage draw at the The Nile Ritz-Carlton in Cairo.

The event, which begins at 19:00 CAT, will decide the 10 qualifying groups for the second round of the campaign, as the continent's top ranked sides join the minnows to have advanced from the preliminaries.

Here's all you need to know ahead of one of the biggest evenings in the African football calendar.

What's happened so far?

While Tuesday's draw marks...

Real Madrid's Zidane discovers what being headbutted feels like in meeting with Almeria president

Julien Laurens is given the tough task of choosing whether Real Madrid or Barcelona should be considered La Liga favourites.
Steve Nicol questions why Toni Kroos would choose to leave Real Madrid for Manchester United.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol says the allure of Real Madrid may be enough to lure Sadio Mane away from Liverpool.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane got a taste of his own medicine when he was on the receiving end of a headbutt like the one he delivered to Marco Materazzi in 2006...

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Jump to: Alex Morgan doesn't let baby bump stop her training

As far as Spanish football club owners go, UD Almeria president Turki Al-Sheikh is proving he's a little...

African football's five defining moments of the past decade

African football has stepped into a new decade, so ESPN remembers the defining moments of the past 10 years.

The Hand of Suarez

African football entered the previous decade upon a wave of optimism and amidst talk of a 'new dawn', with the continent set to host its first World Cup in 2010.

South Africa got the nod, and opened the tournament in some style - with Siphiwe Tshabalala's unforgettable thunderbolt against Mexico - but in truth, Africa's challengers largely fell short of the expectations...