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AFCON qualifying winners and losers

KweséESPN takes a look at the biggest winners and losers after the first four match days of Africa Cup of Nations 2019 qualifying.

WINNERS

First Qualifiers
There can be no bigger winner than Madagascar, who became the first country to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The homeland of the CAF president did so in record-breaking style -- first, with two full games to spare, and doing so for the first time in their history. Great news for the country, although television commentators...

Talent Chawapiwa display augurs well for Warriors

It has been a long time coming, but Baroka winger Talent Chawapiwa was finally handed the opportunity to impress in Zimbabwe's 1-1 draw against the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday.

He certainly seized the opportunity, and may have done enough to prove he belongs with the team's other key attackers.

Deployed as an inverted winger out on the right, it was one of Chawapiwa's trademark driving runs which created Zimbabwe's shock first-minute opener to deflate the visitors at the National Sports...

Explaining Zimbabwe's shock win over Democratic Republic of Congo

It was another defiant defensive display which helped Zimbabwe over the finish line for a shock 2-1 win away to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Saturday's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Ronald Pfumbidzai and Knowledge Musona scored either side of the break to set the stage for a truly memorable triumph, with Yannick Bolasie's injury-time response for the hosts proving inadequate to halt Zimbabwe's party.

The result significantly boosts the Warriors' chances of qualifying for the 2019 Africa...

Musona switch could give Zimbabwe the edge vs. Democratic Republic of Congo

The possible deployment of captain Knowledge Musona as an out-and-out striker against the Democratic Republic of Congo could further enhance Zimbabwe's potency upfront in Saturday's crunch Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away.

The Warriors skipper has almost always played in wide areas in national colours, but with a succession of injuries having decimated virtually all of coach Sunday Chidzambwa's centre-forward options, Musona now appears the only credible alternative available for the role.

Indeed,...