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AFCON qualifying winners and losers

KweséESPN takes a look at the biggest winners and losers after the first four match days of Africa Cup of Nations 2019 qualifying.

WINNERS

First Qualifiers
There can be no bigger winner than Madagascar, who became the first country to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The homeland of the CAF president did so in record-breaking style -- first, with two full games to spare, and doing so for the first time in their history. Great news for the country, although television commentators...

Wilfred Ndidi regretting costly yellow card against Libya

Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is "really disappointed" at the thought of missing next month's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa.

The Leicester City midfielder picked up a booking late in the game against Libya on Tuesday for a petulant reaction to a call. That yellow card automatically rules him out of the fixture on 16 November, a crucial clash for both sides.

A dejected Ndidi told KweséESPN: "I don't really know what I was thinking. I was really, really disappointed...

Exclusive: Nigeria hero Odion Ighalo nearly quit after death threats

SFAX, Tunisia -- It was a long and nightmarish northern summer for Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo, who has rebounded to not only top of the scoring list in these Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, but worm his way back into the hearts of Super Eagles fans.

After a dire World Cup campaign, where he was roundly blamed for the defeat to Argentina that saw the Africans crash out of the tournament, he's gone on to score five goals in two qualifier games against Libya.

Scoring a hat-trick, he heard his...

Gernot Rohr pleased with young Super Eagles despite wobble

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has praised the effort and quality of his young team after they secured a vital 3-2 road win against Libya in Sfax on Tuesday, thus taking a step closer towards booking their spot at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next year.

The Super Eagles were missing a number of first-team regulars for the qualifier through injury, notably experienced pair John Obi Mikel and Ogenyi Onazi, and for long periods chased the game, but ultimately secured a double-header victory.

Speaking...