Same again five look to improve

Same again five look to improve

Africa will be hoping that the combined experience of major tournament soccer can help elevate the same five teams that qualified for the last World Cup finals to improved performances when they reassemble at next year's showcase in Brazil.

Gyan ready to prove World Cup point

Gyan ready to prove World Cup point

When Asamoah Gyan scored in the fifth minute against Egypt last month, the outpouring of emotion and adulation in Kumasi was immense. The crowd, nearly 40,000-strong, burst to life. Ghana’s fans showered praise down on their striker and captain. Gyan’s teammates, even those from the substitutes’ bench, flocked around him.

Keshi keeping his feet on the ground

 Keshi keeping his feet on the ground

On Saturday, Nigeria face a crucially important encounter – the second leg of their FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off with Ethiopia – that could see them reach the promised land of Brazil 2014.

Cisse vs Drogba: The Moroccan shootout

Cisse vs Drogba: The Moroccan shootout

Didier Drogba is closing in on 100 caps for Côte d'Ivoire, and the Chelsea legend scored in the first leg of the African zone FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off last month to set his side on the way to Brazil 2014.

Ameobi shooting for Rio

Ameobi shooting for Rio

It is late March 2001 and, inside a country house hotel just outside Leeds, Howard Wilkinson looks anxious. England's Under-21 manager plans to give Shola Ameobi his international debut against Finland at Barnsley the following evening but the news from Lagos hints at a potential hitch.

Squeaky bum time for Super Eagles (2)

Squeaky bum time for Super Eagles (2)

Ninety minutes from glory. Squeaky bum time as Sir Alex Ferguson called it. Nigeria will be looking to seal their place at next year's World Cup when they entertain Ethiopia on Saturday.

Bishaw confident in his pupils

Bishaw confident in his pupils
One of the great stories of the last few years in African football has been the growth of Ethiopia's national team.

The Burkinabe revolution

The Burkinabe revolution
At the turn of the century, Burkina Faso had a 'golden generation' of young footballers - and had plenty to show for it.

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