The depth of talent, record viewership and fair refereeing made it a tournament that proves African football is starting to thrive.
Why it’s been the most talked-about African football tournament in years: the wins, losses, hosts and bosses.
Critics said that allowing more countries to play would water Afcon down. It’s had the opposite effect.
Increased prize money, several new broadcasting deals and the biggest names in African football will define the 2024 action.
The authorities have linked sport to nation building and tourism, and thrown their weight behind football.
Salif Keïta helped define African football’s relationship with the rest of the world, was influential in France and shaped the game in Mali.
It’s time to divide TV rights among several broadcasters and not allow a monopoly.
Nigeria leads in the rankings of the four African teams. Two others are making debut World Cup appearances and there’s a storm cloud over South Africa.
There was a significant shift towards African football as a business rather than football as development.
Defences win championships - and Morocco has all that it takes to lift the trophy.
Studies show South Africa did a lot right when it hosted the football World Cup. Qatar can do the same if it learns from South Africa.
African teams at the World Cup are proving that they deserve their seats at the main table.
This could just as well be the year that an African team is crowned champion.
A win is possible - but only in 2026 or 2030 and only if African teams get to play more high level internationals more regularly.
No African team has reached the semi-final stage. Out of Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia, the most likely to do so is Senegal.
The lack of a system to support youth development is just one reason why Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda have produced few top footballers.
The Caf African Player of the Year is named on 21 July – but it’s only one of eight trophies being handed out.
The thorny issue of testosterone testing has made news, not just the growing skills on the field.
The final in Casablanca puts Caf at a crossroads about host nations and venues for matches.
Twelve teams remain after the qualifying rounds of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations - with Nigeria no longer automatic favourites as the competition diversifies.