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Transfer saga awaits Zaha after his Ivory Coast knocked out of AFCON by Algeria

Wilfried Zaha reacts during Ivory Coasts' Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal loss to Algeria.
Wilfried Zaha's luck ran out as Ivory Coast were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations by Algeria.

SUEZ, Egypt -- A single kick can make the difference between a summer of glory and one of doubt. When Serey Die stepped up to take Ivory Coast's fifth penalty, knowing he had to score after Youcef Belaili's miss had given Les Elephants a reprieve, the watching Wilfried Zaha might have felt particularly inclined to say a prayer.

Zaha's work had long since been done here; he had set up a second-half equaliser for Jonathan Kodjia with a blistering run before being sacrificed for Maxwel Cornet's fresher...

Serey Die: Unsung hero of Ivory Coast's post-Golden Generation

CAIRO, Egypt -- It was June 19, 2014, when Geoffroy Serey Die truly introduced himself to a broader footballing audience, although he didn't make his mark due to his on-field qualities.

The event was Ivory Coast's second World Cup Group C match against Colombia, and Serey Die claimed the headlines when the Elephants lined up to sing their national anthem L'Abidjanaise -- a canticle to fraternity -- in Brasilia.

Serey Die was completely overcome with emotion -- sobbing, then weeping -- as he and...

Morocco look like the best team at the Africa Cup of Nations as they cruise past Ivory Coast

Morocco only scored once but they never looked in danger of slipping up against Ivory Coast on Friday night.

CAIRO, Egypt -- Morocco have a hold over the Ivory Coast when it comes to the Africa Cup of Nations, and on Friday they strengthened it in magnificent circumstances. Forget the scoreline, confirmed by a marvellously worked first-half winner from Youssef En-Nesyri; this was as exhilarating a 1-0 win as you will see in a match between fierce rivals and teams hoping to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Indeed, if Herve Renard's side maintain this level of performance, they will stand a fine chance...

Afcon Power Rankings: Who can challenge Mohamed Salah's Egypt?

Who are the favourites to win the expanded 24-team Africa Cup of Nations, and which teams face an uphill struggle to advance past the group stage in Egypt.

Ahead of the big kick-off on June 21, here's ESPN's Power Ranking for all 24 Afcon qualifiers, delivered, in time-honoured fashion, in reverse chronological order.


A recent 1-0 friendly victory over Ghana has offered some hope that Namibia can trouble the big boys, but they'll need more than that after being pitted alongside South...

Who are the greatest players in Africa Cup of Nations history?

Almost all of Africa's greatest football players contested the Africa Cup of Nations during their career, but not all left a truly lasting mark on the competition.

Ahead of the 32nd edition of the Afcon, which kicks off in Cairo on June 21, Ed Dove lists his six greatest players in the history of the Nations Cup.


There aren't too many players who have reserved their best for the Africa Cup of Nations quite like legendary Egypt midfielder Hassan.

The 44-year-old remains the...

Afcon Rank: Who can match Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane in Egypt?

When the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on 21 June in Egypt, all eyes will naturally be on local lad Mohamed Salah, both because he's the home favourite and because he's the best player on the continent. Obviously.

But there are plenty of other names to keep an eye on until the final on 19 July, including a number of Premier League and Europe-based stars that are coming off bright seasons for their clubs.

So who are the players most likely to star at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt?

- Africa...