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Neil Tovey must shape South African football amid questions over his role

Neil Tovey celebrates South Africa's African Nations Cup victory with Nelson Mandela in 1996.

The South African Football Association has finally called on one of their most successful faces as they look to emulate and ultimately go beyond the success of their 1996 African Nations Cup victory.

Neil Tovey, who captained the team to their only continental triumph, has been appointed technical director of the federation for the next five years but his influence may not be felt at the highest level, where it may be most needed.

Tovey's new job will focus more on grassroots with his main task...

 By Colin Udoh

The uneasy marriage of Stephen Keshi and the Nigeria Football Federation

A once cordial relationship between the Nigeria Football Federation and Nigeria manager Stephen Keshi is quickly eroding.

Despite protestations to the contrary, last weekend's events have very clearly illustrated that the seemingly calm relationship between Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi and his employers at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was just the prelude to a storm.

Things bubbled over on Friday when the NFF found Keshi's name on a shortlist published by the Ivory Coast FA. According to the Ivorians, the listed coaches had "indicated their intentions" to replace manager Herve Renard, who left last month...

 By Nick Ames

Swaziland cause a shock and Emmanuel Adebayor shines for Togo

The road to Gabon for the 2017 African Nations Cup has begun.

The first matchday of the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers saw big scorelines, a major shock, more headlines from Emmanuel Adebayor and some signs that an underachieving region might just be stirring. Here are five talking points from the weekend's games.

Uneven contests may be a necessary evil

African Nations Cup qualifying tournaments constantly differ in shape and size but the most competitive editions tend to occur when the quality has been filtered by one or more preliminary rounds between...

 By Nick Ames

Nigeria & Egypt under pressure as Africa Cup of Nations qualifying starts

Ivory Coast players received national honours after winning the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year -- and now qualifying starts again.

Only four months have passed since Boubacar Barry's penalty completed a topsy-turvy Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, giving Ivory Coast an emotional victory.

There is rarely too much pause for thought between editions of a biennial tournament, and now it all begins again -- with 51 teams battling to join hosts Gabon in the 2017 competition.

It is a sprawling, 13-group qualifying tournament that will take 15 months to complete. Here are a few pointers for the first round of matches as...

CAF reacts to FIFA scandal and African women's teams fight for pride at WWC

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Alejandro Moreno discuss what federations like Africa and Asia will do now that Sepp Blatter will resign as FIFA President, where Hislop feels there needs to be trust instilled in all nations from the successor of Blatter.

As the revelations from FIFA have become as deafening as a scream that cannot be silenced, for Africa, things only seem to be getting worse.

The man they regard as the champion of their cause, Sepp Blatter, announced his resignation as FIFA's president this week and CAF could only respond stoically while hoping attention would be diverted to things like the Women's World Cup and the under-20 World Cup.

Measured response, more trouble brewing?

When Blatter dropped his bombshell Tuesday night, most...

Moroka Swallows' relegation a historic one in South Africa

South African side Moroka Swallows, seen here in 2013, will not be playing in the country's Premier League next season after suffering relegation.
South African side Moroka Swallows, seen here in 2013, will not be playing in the country's Premier League next season after suffering relegation.

In the 1940's, Moroka Swallows were part of the first set of "Soweto Giants", the name given to the two big clubs in Soweto - Orlando pirates being the other. Moroka Swallows were the first football team to register as a public company in South Africa and the first to get sponsorship in the 1980's. But now, in 2015, they have been relegated for the first time from the top-tier. The birds are no longer flying.

Swallows' demotion to the national first division was a slow burn of disappointment...