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The rapid rise, spectacular fall of Cape Verde

The rise of tiny Cape Verde Islands to be named -- albeit briefly -- as the best team in Africa was truly spectacular, but equally stupefying has been their fall back to among the also-rans on the continent.

The FIFA World Rankings are a quirky oddity at times, but they can be a handy guide in tracking the form of teams over a period of time.

Cape Verde, having scoured Europe for players with even the remotest of links back to the islands, had built a competitive team that not only qualified for...

Musona nets hat-trick, Uganda edge Cape Verde

Knowledge Musona celebrates his goal
Knowledge Musona celebrates his goal

Ghana returned to goalscoring form as they opened their 2019 African Nations Cup Group F qualification campaign on Sunday with a crushing 5-0 home success over Ethiopia in Kumasi.

Debutant Raphael Dwamena, who played this past season in the Swiss second-tier with FC Zurich, bagged a second half brace after veteran forward Asamoah Gyan had given the home side the lead with his 50th national team goal.

The Black Stars' other strikes came from Turkey-based defender John Boye and 21-year-old Ebenezer...

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Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel score as Nigeria beat Algeria

Nigeria players celebrate a goal during the win over Algeria.

Chelsea duo Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel scored for Nigeria as they continued their perfect start to World Cup qualifying with a 3-1 win against Algeria that left them four points clear at the top of Group B.

Moses was the architect of the win in Uyo as he first punished hesitant defending on 25 minutes, when he burst into the area and saw a weak attempt to clear fall back into his path for him to finish.

Mikel doubled the home side's lead just before break and while Nabil Bentaleb set up a nervy...

 By PA Sport

Ivory Coast and DR Congo open CAF third-round qualifying with wins

Wilfried Bony and Ivory Coast opened the third-round of CAF qualifying with a victory.

Ivory Coast top Group C in their third-round World Cup qualifying campaign after coming from behind to win 3-1 at home to Mali on Saturday.

Sambou Yatabare gave the visitors the lead after 18 minutes but the hosts hit back with three goals in eight first-half minutes before the break turned the match on its head.

Goals from Aston Villa's record signing Jonathan Kodjia and Gervinho, either side of a Salif Coulibaly own goal, were enough to secure all three points for the Ivory Coast.

Also...

CAF World Cup qualifying: Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria all drawn together

Nigeria celebrate
Nigeria face a stiff test to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Three of the five African teams at the 2014 World Cup have been drawn in the same group to qualify for the 2018 edition.

Only one of Algeria, Cameroon and Nigeria will play at the next tournament in Russia after the Confederation of African Football made the draw for five qualifying groups on Friday.

The three traditional powers were grouped with Zambia.

Just the group winners in all of five four-team pools will advance to the 32-team tournament in Russia.

Ivory Coast, who aim to reach their fourth...