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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.

Tanzania vs. Kenya, June 27, 30 June Stadium, Cairo

East African derbies...

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...

Afcon qualifying: Lesser lights take centre stage on final weekend

When the Confederation of African Football ratified an expansion to the Africa Cup of Nations in July 2017, introducing eight more teams to the biennial competition, the dynamic of the qualifying program was always going to change.

As had been the case ahead of the European Championship in 2016, for which UEFA had instigated an increase from 16 to 24 teams, many of the continent's heavyweights cruised to the tournament with games to spare.

However, an overall decrease in drama among the bigger nations...

 By Chris Wright

Italy, Uruguay, Ghana among 10 teams to get very similar away kits from Puma

With the World Cup beginning to crown on the horizon, Puma have released a flurry of new kits for the likes of Uruguay, Ghana and Switzerland.

While rival suppliers Adidas have been widely praised for their retro-infused offerings, Puma have opted to plough a more prosaic furrow.

Indeed, it looks like "very, very white" was the central design brief for all 10 shirts, with Italy, Senegal, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Czech Republic, Austria and Serbia also getting new looks.

According to the accompanying...

Australia and Cameroon catch Confederations Cup bug in Russia

ST PETERSBURG -- There were 35,021 spectators at the 68,000 capacity St Petersburg Arena on Thursday, but only a tiny percentage travelled from Cameroon and Australia.

Unsurprisingly, given that it is over 9,000 miles from Australia and over 3,500 from Cameroon, the "home" support for these countries at the Confederations Cup has been somewhat thin on the ground. But some intrepid fans did make the trip to see their teams play out a 1-1 draw that left both with a slim hope of reaching the semifinals...

Confederations Cup gives football chance to celebrate Marc-Vivien Foe

Cameroon will play in the Confederations Cup for the first time since 2003 -- a tournament forever remembered for the tragic death of Marc-Vivien Foe.

The midfielder was just 28 when he collapsed and died on the pitch in Lyon during a semifinal victory over Colombia.

He was later found to have suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy -- a rare hereditary heart condition, which affects fewer than 0.2 percent of people.

Foe will be in the thoughts of many Cameroon players and supporters when they...