AFP Sport looks at five of the most eye-catching match-ups among the 24 scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday.
Good young (African) footballers do not play in China, say Seedorf.
They were scheduled to stage the same event in 2015
The decision to increase the number of teams mirrors a similar one taken by UEFA
The timing, frequency and number of qualifiers in the Cup of Nations is likely to be among the hottest topics
Cranes face Cape Verde in the first qualifier
National broadcaster UBC failed to raise sh411m to broadcast the matches
The resignation comes five days after Ghana crashed out in the semi-finals of AFCON
Stadiums often filled as matches went on with supporters frequently late arriving
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