Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda is confident his team can consolidate their resurgence in the forthcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations engagements.
The January timing is hurting the very actors African football needs for the competition to thrive - the players - which is why it must change.
It has been a typical Asamoah Gyan week. He hit a major landmark, then took the shine off himself with one act.
Khowledge Musona netted a hat-trick as Zimbabwe beat Liberia, while Uganda, Ghana and Benin also claimed 2019 Afcon qualifying wins.
KweséESPN's Colin Udoh highlights five takeaways from Nigeria's 2-0 Afcon qualifying defeat to South Africa.
Kwesi Appiah's first game back in charge of Ghana ended in a perfect 5-0 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying victory against Ethiopia on Sunday.