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Afcon squads: Who will be on the plane to Egypt?

The 24 qualifiers for the expanded 2019 Africa Cup of Nations are naming their 23-man squads for the showpiece tournament.

Find out below who is on the plane to Egypt, and remember that teams have until the day before their first game at the tournament to replace an injured player.







Mikel returns to Nigeria squad ahead of Africa Cup of Nations

Nigeria's release of their 25-man provisional squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday was marked by one notable return, that of skipper John Obi Mikel.

The midfielder, 32, has not suited up for the Super Eagles since June of 2018 when the Nigerians were eliminated by Argentina in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup.

There was some uncertainty about whether he would play for Nigeria again, although coach Gernot Rohr left the door open for the Middlesbrough midfielder to walk through...

Nigeria legends Kanu and Okocha hold the key to Afcon glory

The scene: With one game to go in the group stages of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana, Nigeria were staring elimination in the face.

An opening day loss to Cote d'Ivoire, coupled with Mali's 1-0 win over Benin, was followed by a 0-0 draw with Mali which left the Super Eagles with just one point going into the final round of group games, and facing the very real prospect of an embarrassing early exit.

The Nigerians, under the tutelage of German Berti Vogts, not only needed to beat Benin,...

William Troost-Ekong banking on Serie A experience to help Nigeria's Super Eagles win Afcon

Udinese and Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong talks about his first season in Serie A and how he sees Nigeria as contenders for the African Cup of Nations.

Since making his debut for Nigeria in the summer of 2015, William Troost-Ekong has played his club football in the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Turkey and, currently, Italy.

The defender is unabashed in saying that his time in Serie A, with Udinese, has forged him into a much more rugged defensive specimen.

"It is definitely the best league I have played in," he tells ESPN.

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"And I think that outside of the Premier...

Nigeria Power Rankings: Onuachu beats out the big guns

With the football season winding down, and the Africa Cup of Nations barely two months away, Nigerian players have been making performance statements all over Europe and beyond.

Freshly minted Super Eagles forward Paul Onuachu was the pick of the bunch in a month of fine offensive and defensive displays.

1. Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjylland)

Onuachu announced himself to Nigerians with a spectacular goal inside the opening 10 seconds of Nigeria's 1-0 win against Egypt in March, setting the record for...

Manu Garba seeking redemption with Nigeria's Golden Eaglets

Two years after going from world champions to failing to qualify for the tournament, Nigeria's under-17 football team have made their way back to the global fiesta via a top four place at the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations.

Five-time winners Nigeria are the most successful team at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup, and they also boast three runners-up placings.

Current coach Manu Garba guided the Golden Eaglets to their fourth title in 2013, while his assistant, current Tanzania coach Emmanuel Amuneke, took...