From Newcastle, where Martin Ward picked up the Commonwealth bantamweight title with a wide points win over tough but crude Gabriel Odoi Laryea.
Ivorian Yaya Toure heads a list of 10 nominees for this year's African Footballer of the Year award, an honour he is chasing for the third successive year.
We profile 2014 hopefuls Algeria, who are the sole representatives of North Africa in Brazil.
Burkina Faso's protest that Algeria goalscorer Madjid Bougherra was ineligible to play in last week's World Cup qualifier has been thrown out.
Africa will be hoping that the combined experience of major tournament football can help elevate their teams at the next World Cup.
At least five people were killed in accidents during celebrations after Algeria's victory in their World Cup play-off.
France produced one of football's most famous comebacks to scrape into next year's World Cup finals via the play-offs.
Algeria reached the World Cup finals in controversial circumstances as Madjid Bougherra earned them a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso.
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