CAF, Africa's football governing body, gave member nations till 5 May to decide a way forward for their leagues. So where does the continent stand?
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African football has stepped into a new decade, so ESPN remembers five defining moments of the past 10 years.
ESPN selects the pick of the Afcon group-stage clashes, for various diverse reasons, following Friday's draw in Cairo.
At the 2019 Afcon draw, big guns like Egypt and Nigeria got groups some would consider easy, while Group D are the traditional 'Group of Death'.
Sven Vandenbroeck's young and exciting side won't be present in Cameroon next year, but where did it go wrong for the Chipolopolo?
The 2012 champions fell to a 1-0 loss away from home and will miss next year's tournament.
Hosts Zambia have been drawn in a tough Group A at the 2018 COSAFA Under-20 Championships to be staged in Kitwe from December 2-14.
KweséESPN takes a look at the biggest winners and losers after the first four match days of Africa Cup of Nations 2019 qualifying.
The continental minnows dented Chipolopolo's AFCON hopes with a shock 2-1 triumph in Bissau on Sunday.
The Belgian picked up his first victory as Chipolopolo boss on Wednesday, and can now look forward to further success.
Chipolopolo saw off their opponents to move up to four points in AFCON qualifying Group K.
Chipolopolo players paid their respects on Wednesday close to the scene of the 1993 plane crash that killed 18 of their national team predecessors.
The Chipolopolo forward struck a 90th-minute equaliser to cancel out Benson Shilongo's opener for the hosts.
Sven Vandenbroeck begins his life as Chipolopolo coach against Namibia away, with the new man surely keen to get his tenure off to a winning start.
New Chipolopolo coach Sven Vandenbroeck has opted to recall a number of the stars overlooked by Wedson Nyirenda.
The Ethics Committee have banned the Zambia great after he was found guilty of violating two articles on the FIFA Code of Ethics.
The Young Bullets' hopes of retaining their U-17 crown were ended on Tuesday, while Namibia progressed as Group A winners.
Defending COSAFA U-17 Cup champions Zambia meet Lesotho on Sunday as they look to bounce back from their underwhelming opener against Mozambique.
FAZ have set their new coach a mandate of reaching the 2019 AFCON, but have acknowledged that even that may not keep him in his job.
The Belgian has been appointed as Wedson Nyirenda's successor.
Zambia are back in the ascendency, so it is ironic that the recent departure of the man who masterminded their revival could mean even better times.
Queens Park Rangers opposition analyst Irfan Kawri outlines why he believes Morocco's Herve Renard can oversee a major World Cup upset this summer.
The former Chipolopolo assistant boss believes he can qualify the Southern Africans to the World Cup.
Former Zambia assistant coach Irfan Kawri shares his memories of one of African football's darkest days.
KweséESPN sit down with a Zambian coach whose unconventional route through African and British football deserves greater examination.