Some of the continent's less-heralded sides have made the most of the Africa Cup of Nations' expanded format.
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The Elephants are set to field an unfamiliar side when they face Rwanda in this weekend's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
The Ivorian wideman has wasted little time in getting back into the swing of things upon his return to a major European league.
The Bundesliga club have confirmed that the Ivory Coast international has been the subject of a significant offer.
The Franco-Ivorian defender has moved to the Spanish heavyweights on a five-year deal.
The Elephants have finally appointed the local technician to replace Marc Wilmots after seven months without a manager.
Yaya Toure is yet to report for international duty, the Ivorian Football Federation has confirmed.
Zambia drew 1-1 with Namibia in Casablanca to top Group B and set up a CHAN quarter final with Sudan.
Augustine Kabaso netted twice as Zambia beat the Ivory Coast 2-0 in Marrakech to take a major step towards the CHAN quarter finals.
The Elephants know how to bounce back from an opening defeat at the CHAN, and now must do so again after losing their opener against Namibia.
Namibia began their CHAN campaign with a shock victory over much fancied Ivory Coast.
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Yaya Toure has reversed his international retirement and hopes to win another trophy with Ivory Coast, according to his agent.
Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue has told the Mirror he is financially ruined and is battling with suicidal thoughts.
Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba and France's World Cup and European Championship winner Youri Djorkaeff have been named as ambassadors for Ligue 1.
Didier Drogba has joined the board of Ivorian side Williamsville Athetlic Club as the former Chelsea striker prepares his post-playing career.
Ivory Coast are on the lookout for a head coach after Mark Wilmots left the post in the wake of the Elephants' failure to qualify for the World Cup.
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While several of Africa's top names will be present at the World Cup, many have been left behind.
Morocco ended their two-decade wait for a World Cup ticket by beating Ivory Coast 2-0 in Abidjan on Saturday.
Morocco stunned Ivory Coast 2-0 to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, while Tunisia also booked their ticket to Russia on Saturday.
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