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Nigeria's show of character and Ighalo's goals secure AFCON progress

Gernot Rohr and Oghenekaro Etebo react to Nigeria's empahtic 3-2 win over Cameroon, courtesy of goals from Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi.

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt -- Three thoughts on Nigeria's 3-2 win against Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations last 16.

1. Ighalo leads Nigeria's show of character

As two-goal Odion Ighalo walked off the pitch after being substituted, he took a moment to hit one fist against his palm, indicating to his Nigeria teammates that they must continue to fight. He had done the same thing just before kickoff and again when the Super Eagles went 2-1 down. It was a sign of how far the forward has come and the leadership...

Clarence Seedorf's future uncertain after Cameroon's Africa Cup of Nations exit

Gernot Rohr and Oghenekaro Etebo react to Nigeria's empahtic 3-2 win over Cameroon, courtesy of goals from Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi.

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt -- Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert took the long walk back to the dressing room, heads down, their thoughts almost certainly drowned out by the celebrations around them.

If either had looked up and to the left, they would have seen a bundle of Nigeria players huddled around Nwankwo Kanu and Daniel Amokachi, taking selfie after selfie as they celebrated a 3-2 win. Those two former playing legends looked prepared for a party long into the night; Seedorf and Kluivert, by contrast,...

Afcon last 16: Nigeria vs. Cameroon, this early? Definitely not the plan...

By the end of matchday two of the Africa Cup of Nations, a Round of 16 matchup between Nigeria and Cameroon was likely the furthest thing from anybody's mind, as these two giants of African football looked poised to top their groups.

Nigeria were sitting pretty in Group B after gleaning six points of out of six. A final group game against Madagascar appeared little more than a formality to seal group leadership, as the Super Eagles only required a result to assure themselves top spot.

The Indomitable...

Afcon Power Rankings: Who can challenge Mohamed Salah's Egypt?

Who are the favourites to win the expanded 24-team Africa Cup of Nations, and which teams face an uphill struggle to advance past the group stage in Egypt.

Ahead of the big kick-off on June 21, here's ESPN's Power Ranking for all 24 Afcon qualifiers, delivered, in time-honoured fashion, in reverse chronological order.

24. NAMIBIA

A recent 1-0 friendly victory over Ghana has offered some hope that Namibia can trouble the big boys, but they'll need more than that after being pitted alongside South...

Who are the greatest players in Africa Cup of Nations history?

Almost all of Africa's greatest football players contested the Africa Cup of Nations during their career, but not all left a truly lasting mark on the competition.

Ahead of the 32nd edition of the Afcon, which kicks off in Cairo on June 21, Ed Dove lists his six greatest players in the history of the Nations Cup.

1. AHMED HASSAN
Egypt

There aren't too many players who have reserved their best for the Africa Cup of Nations quite like legendary Egypt midfielder Hassan.

The 44-year-old remains the...



Afcon Rank: Who can match Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane in Egypt?

When the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on 21 June in Egypt, all eyes will naturally be on local lad Mohamed Salah, both because he's the home favourite and because he's the best player on the continent. Obviously.

But there are plenty of other names to keep an eye on until the final on 19 July, including a number of Premier League and Europe-based stars that are coming off bright seasons for their clubs.

So who are the players most likely to star at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt?

- Africa...