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 By Colin Udoh

Gernot Rohr begins to make his mark as Nigeria plot World Cup 2018 spot

James Rodriguez nets another absolute screamer in training, and Sturridge is dancing off his critics in The Sweeper.
Gernot Rohr has Nigeria primed for World Cup 2018 qualification.

Not many fans were enamoured when Gernot Rohr was named Nigeria coach in August.

Firstly, the German was not a big-name coach at the same level as Frenchman Paul Le Guen, who had turned down the job despite participating in the interview process.

And, despite a good coaching record with Bordeaux, his international credentials did not go much higher than the likes of Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso. Not exactly a CV that stirs the blood of passionate Nigerian fans wanting someone to return their team...

 By Mark Gleeson

Pitso Mosimane, Mamelodi Sundowns' African Champions League glory

Mamelodi Sundowns are the second South African team in history to win the African Champions League.

The vagaries of air travel on the continent mean Mamelodi Sundowns will only arrive home on Wednesday morning from Egypt, two days after clinching the African Champions League title following an extraordinary 3-1 aggregate win over Zamalek in Alexandria.

The rather unassuming trophy will be the prized possession in the baggage as Pitso Mosimane's men are expected to be greeted by a large crowd at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg at the end of a whirlwind five-month campaign that has...

 By Mark Gleeson

Renard's Morocco to face familiar foe in Ivory Coast in Africa Cup of Nations

Herve Renard and Morocco will meet the Ivory Coast, Togo and DR Congo in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Morocco manager Herve Renard was always going to be a central figure at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. He's chasing an unprecedented third title with three different countries after winning the tournament twice before with Zambia (2012) and the Ivory Coast (2015). 

But after Wednesday's draw for the 2017 finals, conducted during an elaborate ceremony in Libreville, Gabon, there will be even more focus on the manager with the Midas touch.

Morocco, who qualified without much problem but in rather...

 By Mark Gleeson

Mamelodi Sundowns on the brink of being deserved African champions

Players of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrate after winning the first leg of the African Champions League final vs. Zamalek 3-0.

Mamelodi Sundowns might have crept in the back door, but they are now close to blowing down the house after a performance on Saturday that puts them within touching distance of winning the African Champions League.

Much has been made of how the South African club were eliminated from the competition before the group phase and then granted a reprieve when their Congolese opponents were found to have used a defaulter.

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane was only half joking when he compared his side to...

 By Mark Gleeson

Iheanacho, Iwobi give Nigeria hope as Super Eagles bid for World Cup place

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Alex Iwobi can win the Golden Boy award.

It was only a few months ago Nigerian football was enveloped in crisis with the elimination from the running for the African Nations Cup. 

But fortune turns quickly in football and after Africa's opening weekend of the group phase of qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup finals, it is the Super Eagles who look the most promising candidates for Russia.

The exciting pairing of Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi holds much promise at a difficult time for Nigerian football administration.

Sunday's 2-1...

 By Mark Gleeson

World Cup qualifying: Africa's entrants on the road to Russia 2018

Yaya Toure and many of Ivory Coast's Golden Generation will be missing from World Cup qualifying.

There are no obvious omissions from the list of 20 countries who begin the final phase of World Cup qualification in Africa in a straightforward process that will take the next 13 months to complete.

Divided into five groups of four, only the winners will go on to fill the continent's places at the World Cup finals in Russia.

It is a strong lineup that represents a good chance for Africa to improve its performances at the finals and strengthen a case for more places at future tournaments.

To date,...