Gernot Rohr masterminded qualification for a major tournament with at least one game to spare yet still he does not get respect from Nigerians.
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.
Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania have become the latest countries to qualify for January's Africa Cup of Nations.
Richard Mbulu's header handed Malawi a 1-0 victory over Uganda on Monday and a place at the Africa Cup of Nations finals for only the third time.
South Africa suffered embarrassment as a 2-0 defeat by Sudan in Khartoum saw the hosts clinch a place at the AFCON finals at the visitors' expense
Nigeria defeated Benin 1-0 after already having qualified for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Saturday due a draw between Lesotho and Sierra Leone.
The field for the Africa Cup of Nations finals for next January continues to take shape as Morocco and the Ivory Coast sealed spots on Friday.
The tiny Comoros Islands qualified for the African Cup of Nations for the first time with a 0-0 draw against Togo at home on Thursday.
Burkina Faso and Guinea booked their places at next year's African Cup of Nations finals from their respective qualifying groups.
CAF has announced the cancellation of the Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations, due to challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The U-20 AFCON has long offered supporters of the continent's game the chance to catch a glimpse of some of Africa's brightest young talents.
Mamelodi Sundowns owner Dr. Patrice Motsepe has unveiled a 10-point manifesto for the Confederation of African Football presidency.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been fined $10,000 for social media posts after Gabon spent the night on an airport floor ahead of a qualifier.
Former Senegal midfielder Papa Bouba Diop, who scored the winner to defeat World Cup holders France in the 2002 tournament, has died aged 42.
ESPN assesses the state of play after four of six rounds of matches in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.
Mali and Tunisia joined the list of countries qualified for the next Africa Cup of Nations finals on Tuesday, joining Algeria and Senegal.
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.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the Gabon team had to spend the night sleeping on the airport floor ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Senegal became the first country to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals after Sadio Mane secured a 1-0 victory away at Guinea Bissau.
Colin Udoh assesses Nigeria's performance in the 4-4 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone in Benin City.
Sierra Leone came from four goals down to hold Nigeria to a 4-4 draw in a dramatic Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Benin City.
ESPN picks six players to watch in the Africa Cup of Nations 2021 qualifying double-headers as the teams continue on the Road to Cameroon