With 23 out of 24 Africa Cup of Nations sides decided, due to a COVID-19-related delay in one fixture, ESPN runs the rule over the 2022 competitors.
With nine months to go until the tournament, here are ESPN's far-too-early predictions of the top six contenders for the continent's grandest prize.
Hakim Ziyech and Riyad Mahrez were easy picks, but no Nigerians made the cut for the African Dream Team of the international break.
Holders Algeria booked their place in the finals of Africa Cup of Nations, while the the youngest country, South Sudan, pulled off a rare win.
Real Betis winger Diego Lainez netted an 86th minute equalizer as Mexico drew 2-2 against 10-man Algeria in The Hague on Tuesday.
Africa's national teams returned to action for the first time in 11 months, with a series of friendlies involving the continent's biggest nations.
There has never been an international football window like this one, with Africa's players last competing for their countries 11 months ago.
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?
The likes of Nigeria and Senegal are in World Cup qualification groups they should easily win... But hubris could see a giant come crashing down.
Ed Dove runs through the key talking points from opening rounds of Afcon qualifiers across Africa.
Thomas Partey's long-range shot gave Ghana the lead and 19-year-old debutant Mohammed Kudus added the second in a 2-0 home win over South Africa.
Algeria won the African Cup of Nations setting off some incredible celebrations from the travelling fans both at home and abroad.
Algeria's scrappy AFCON championship win over Senegal will give the players -- and the country -- a fresh surge of optimism on the future.
Baghdad Bounedjah's bizarre second-minute goal was all that Algeria needed to secure 1-0 win over Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations final.
Senegal manager Aliou Cisse and Algeria boss Djamel Belmadi grew up playing against each other. On Friday they meet with an AFCON title on the line.
After a turbulent period which saw Algeria employ seven coaches in three years, it has taken Djamel Belmadi less than one year to restore order.
The AFCON final between Senegal and Algeria could be a classic, but with low attendances and little interest in the host nation, will anyone care?
The Super Eagles fought back well after halftime, but they ultimately paid the price for giving Riyad Mahrez a late chance to beat them.
Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez curled in a free kick in stoppage time to give Algeria a 2-1 win over Nigeria in a tense Africa Cup of Nations semi.
Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria and Nigeria are the final four of the Africa Cup of Nations. We assess the matchups and reveal who will meet in the final.
Following a mixed Africa Cup of Nations, Wilfried Zaha returns to London to face a transfer saga after his Ivory Coast were eliminated by Algeria.
Wilfried Bony and midfielder Serey Die missed penalties in the shootout as Algeria sealed a 4-3 victory over the Ivory Coast after 1-1 draw.
Two superbly-taken goals from Youcef Belaili and Riyad Mahrez set Algeria on the way to a comfortable 3-0 win over Guinea.
Algeria's Adam Ounas scored twice and Islam Slimani also netted in a 3-0 win over Tanzania as they finished top of Group C.
Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi says extensive preparations played a major role in their win over Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations on Thursday.