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Afcon qualifiers: Meet the air traffic controller directing Cape Verde's footballing ascent

Cape Verde's ascent through African international football over the past decade has been remarkable, and at the heart of their progress is Janito Carvalho, one of two air traffic controllers to have taken an influential role in the tiny island nation's rise through the African game.

Carvalho, along with his friend and fellow coach Luis Antunes, have overseen the progression and sporting education of the country's finest footballing generation, while simultaneously juggling jobs as air traffic controllers,...

ESPN's WAFU Cup of Nations Awards

Senegal walked away with the WAFU Cup of Nations title on Sunday, winning it on home soil after beating then-holders Ghana in a penalty shootout (one of many in the tournament).

While the sides in the Cup final were domestic-based versions of continental heavyweights, the Plate final was a story of success against the odds, as Guinea defeated tiny Cape Verde... also on penalties.

ESPN's Ed Dove reveals his tournament awards following a fascinating two weeks of African football.

Player of the Tournament:...

Guinea win WAFU Cup Plate final in shootout

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Guinea beat Cape Verde on penalties to be crowned Plate champions. Watch WAFU Cup of Nations on ESPN+.

Guinea were crowned the Plate champions of the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations after beating Cape Verde 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the match ended 0-0 at the Stade Lat Dior in Thies, Senegal on Saturday.

There was a nice flow to the game following the opening whistle with the first chance on goal going the way of Guinea in the 15th minute, but Mory Kante saw his long-range strike go just wide.

Ten minutes later Cape Verde broke out of defence with blistering speed that Erikson Soares through on...

Hosts Senegal face holders Ghana in new-look WAFU Cup final

THIES, Senegal -- Hosts Senegal will square off with holders Ghana at Stade Lot Dior in Thies on Sunday, in the first final of the new-look WAFU Cup of Nations.

It's a clash that should be a delight for neutrals, with the finalists having been the top two seeded sides ahead of the draw, and being among the most eye-catching teams going forward during the two-week regional West African showpiece.

The revised WAFU Cup of Nations format means that no side is eliminated after the first round matches,...