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Sebastien Desabre's Uganda spearheading East Africa's footballing ascent

East Africa has led the way for the continent in various sporting disciplines, primarily athletics, with the region's footballing achievements lagging behind, yet Uganda coach Sebastien Desabre believes change is afoot.

Speaking to ESPN, the 42-year-old Frenchman outlined his conviction that East Africa has the potential to match the continent's traditional footballing hotbeds. To do so, however, he says resources must be made available for the region's raw athletic talent to progress further.

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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

Overview:

Egypt had...

U-17 Afcon: Will another Kelechi Iheanacho, or two, be unearthed?

The Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on Sunday, as the continent's finest young players compete for the prestigious youth title over two weeks in Tanzania.

Age-grade competitions are taken particularly seriously in Africa, and the Under-17 Afcon has, over the years, offered a first glimpse of some of the continent's brightest young talents.

Nigerian starlets Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Nwakali, and Kelechi Iheanacho all burst into the wider public consciousness during the competition, and are...

Emmanuel Amuneke aims to exceed achievements of 'Father' Stephen Keshi

"Emmanuel Amuneke, he believes in God. When you see him play, so will you."

This was the copy of a 1995 ad featuring the then Nigerian winger, standing with both arms spread wide, like an eagle in flight, and one foot on a ball.

It was a fitting tribute to the genius of the left-footed wing necromancer who had not only emerged from nowhere to score two goals as Nigeria won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994, but also had been instrumental to their enchanting World Cup play in the U.S. a few months...