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.
Salif Keïta helped define African football’s relationship with the rest of the world, was influential in France and shaped the game in Mali.
African teams at the World Cup are proving that they deserve their seats at the main table.
A win is possible - but only in 2026 or 2030 and only if African teams get to play more high level internationals more regularly.
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.
Aware of the high chance of failure, young African talents show remarkable creativity and resilience as they dream of being the next Sadio Mané.
Thanks to the growing appeal of African football stars and a dream final, Afcon is establishing itself on the world sporting map.
Because of the growing fame of African football stars, the tournament is now watched in more than 160 countries worldwide.
Hosting the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament is hugely important for Cameroon - politically, economically and on the pitch.
Given the impact of African players in European football, it’s remarkable how few are able to secure jobs in football in Europe after their playing days end.
Behind the multi-racial composition of the elite European teams competing in the tournament lies a complex and painful history.