2017 was a memorable year in the African game, but which have been the biggest disappointments of the last 12 months?
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Could Yannick Bolasie's return ensure that Everton can offer flair as well as Sam Allardyce's workmanlike organisation?
No African team can match the exploits of Tout Puissant Mazembe in continental competition, as they prepare to take on SuperSport United this weekend.
KweséESPN identify the five matches which ultimately decided Africa's World Cup qualifiers.
KweséESPN picks out the five biggest African disappointments of the World Cup qualifying campaign.
The North Africans confirmed their berth in Russia after drawing 0-0 with Libya in Rades, ending the Democratic Republic of Congo's World Cup hopes.
Youssef Msanki scored a hat-trick and Naby Keita was shown a straight red as Tunisia beat Guinea 4-1 in Conakry, while Congo beat Libya 2-1.
The local coach's tenure with the Leopards has transformed the national side, but appears destined to end in failure.
The Eagles of Carthage struck twice in two minutes to rescue a point and consolidate top spot in Group A.
The West Ham United left-back has been named in the squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Tunisia.
Arsenal striker Stephy Mavididi has agreed a loan move to Preston North End, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.
The Congolese frontman has also revealed that he's open to extending his deal with Dynamo Kyiv.
The domestic heavyweights saw off their eternal rivals 1-0 to clinch their record 16th championship.
Everton midfielder Yannick Bolasie was greeted with a hero's welcome when the Toffees touched down in Tanzania to start their pre-season.
The Democratic Republic of Congo international looks primed to end his brief stay at Hebei China Fortune.
The brother of Manchester City and Belgium skipper Vincent has opted to represent the Leopards at international level.
DR Congo went tumbling out of the African Nations Cup at the quarterfinal stage after losing 2-1 to Ghana -- denying fans more great team photos.
A late penalty from Andre Ayew clinched a 2-1 victory for Ghana over Congo DR and with it a place in the semifinals of the African Nations Cup.
He may be out injured but Yannick Bolasie was still in high spirits as his DR Congo side knocked Ivory Coast out the African Nations Cup.
DR Congo advanced into the African Nations Cup quarterfinals as Group C winners after triumphing 3-1 against Togo.
The Ivory Coast were held to a 2-2 draw by the Democratic Republic of Congo in their second Group C game at the African Nations Cup.
Junior Kabananga scored the only goal as 10-man DR Congo claimed a hard-fought 1-0 win over Morocco in their African Nations Cup opener in Oyem.
Benik Afobe has rejected the chance to play at the African Nations Cup so he can fight for his long-term future at Bournemouth.
Football in DR Congo has been in a historic funk since their 1974 World Cup humiliation as Zaire. Thanks to Florent Ibenge, the future is bright.
Egypt maintained their 100 percent start to World Cup qualifying and returned to the top of Group E thanks to a 2-0 win against Ghana.