Some of the continent's less-heralded sides have made the most of the Africa Cup of Nations' expanded format.
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Here's the state of play heading into the final round of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, with 10 of the 24 berths in the finals up for grabs.
The Atlas Lions rounded off an encouraging year with a 1-0 win away at the home of their rivals
The Pharaohs defeated the Carthage Eagles 3-2 in a North African derby on Friday, with Mohamed Salah netting a late winner.
CAF have suspended Al-Ahly's Walid Azaro for unsporting behaviour following his actions in the first leg of the CAF Champions League final.
Al Ahly have claimed the advantage in the CAF Champions League final with a controversial 3-1 victory over visitors Esperance in the first leg.
The Carthage Eagles have separated from their coach less than three months after his appointment.
Four teams sides confirmed their ticket for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations during Tuesday's qualifiers.
The North African heavyweights defeated Eswatini and Niger on Tuesday to qualify for next year's finals.
The Tunisia international has joined the Egyptian giants from Saudi Arabia's Al-Nassr FC.
The Tunisia international appears primed to join Les Verts on a four-year deal.
Morocco recently bid for the 2026 tournament but were beaten by a North and Central American coalition of USA, Mexico and Canada.
The dust has settled on Africa's World Cup contribution, but how did each of the continent's sides fare?
Last month, Morocco missed out to a joint bid by the United States, Mexico and Canada in the vote for the 2026 finals.
The Carthage Eagles were eliminated from Group G after two matches, but can they take any positives from their time in Russia?
Tunisia saved face after a disappointing World Cup campaign by coming from behind to beat Panama 2-1 on Thursday, but who impressed for the Eagles?
The best Tunisia could hope for was to finish third in their group, coach Nabil Maaloul said after their 2-1 victory over Panama on Thursday.
Tunisia secured third place in Group G with a 2-1 victory over Panama in both sides' final World Cup game on Thursday.
England and Belgium face off in Group G for top spot, with the other two teams already out.
Tunisia could still end their disappointing World Cup campaign on a high note if they win their first game in the competition since 1978.
If Senegal crash out of the World Cup on Thursday, it will signal Africa's worst performance at the finals in almost 40 years.
Panama and Tunisia have been the fall-guys in the two top-scoring matches of World Cup 2018, but both teams will hope to show they have learnt some
Russia 2018 has not been a great tournament for the Arab world with all four representatives crashing out with a game to spare. But why?
Wahbi Khazri believes that Tunisia only have themselves to blame after their 5-2 World Cup capitulation by Belgium on Saturday.
The Carthage Eagles' World Cup exit may be confirmed on Sunday, and they could only have themselves to blame.