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Africa Cup of Nations qualifying: Five big observations

Less than four months after Algeria defeated Senegal to clinch the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations title, qualifying for the 2021 edition has begun, with a series of fascinating fixtures across the continent during the international break.

There were shocks aplenty, several fine performances, and a handful of individuals who stood out above the rest. Here are Ed Dove's five big observations from the opening two rounds of Afcon qualifying.

Afcon champions remain the team to beat

Six teams took the maximum...

Morocco stunned by tiny Comoros in AFCON qualifying

Morocco ended a bruising international break with a 2-2 draw against tiny Comoros in Mitsamiouli as El Fardou Ben Nabouhane scored a 90th-minute equaliser to keep their Africa Cup of Nations hosts alive.

The draw leaves Morocco on seven points after four matches, and they must wait until next month's qualifier against Cameroon to secure their spot at the 2019 finals.

The Atlas Lions needed a 94th-minute penalty to defeat the island nation - ranked 149th in the world - in Casablanca on Saturday,...

Cameroon avoid late Comoros humiliation on Clarence Seedorf's debut

Stephane Bahoken netted an 80th-minute equaliser to save Cameroon from a humiliating defeat in the Comoros on Saturday, as Clarence Seedorf marked his Indomitable Lions managerial debut with an uninspired 1-1 draw.

The reigning African champions, who are currently set to host next year's Africa Cup of Nations, fell behind in the 15th minute when El-Fardou Ben Mohamed opened the scoring.

The Red Star Belgrade forward put the hosts into an unlikely lead following some excellent work out wide from...

Comoros appoint Athoumane as new federation president

The Comoros Football Federation have appointed Said Ali Said Athoumane as their new president, following an election on Saturday.

Athoumane is the long-term successor to Omar Hassanaly, who was holding the role in an interim capacity since November 2017 when Tourqui Salim resigned.

Salim, considered the father of Comoran football since his appointment, left the federation in internal turmoil amidst allegations of match fixing.

According to Alwatwan, Athoumane was elected after taking 40 votes from...

Comoros eye Nations Cup on the back of European recruitment

With the kick off of the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers just weeks away, one of Africa's newest footballing countries are confident they can make a breakthrough and qualify for the finals for the first time.

The Comoros Islands, who only became a member of the Confederation of African Football some 12 years ago, have set their sights on reaching the finals in Cameroon after they disposed of Mauritius in the qualifying round in March.

Coach Amir Abdou has been cleverly growing the size and competency...