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.
Creating stability and restoring confidence in the Confederation of African Football will need to be balanced by some complex commercial decisions.
Will an African nation ever win the Football World Cup? Key moments in past tournaments offer hope -- and a warning that the continent needs to invest in the game.
The African Cup of Nations is the continent's premier soccer tournament - but it's not being broadcast on TV as usual. Behind the blackout is a tale of court rulings and sour deals.