The Week in Numbers

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A baby, a son and a magnate feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with new emperors in Japan and a new king in Africa.

Salah, Oshoala named Africa’s best

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Egypt's Mohamed Salah and Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala were named as the top players in Africa at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards in Accra, Ghana, on Thursday.

Football’s Christmas presents

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From Jairzinho to Emmanuel Amuneke, FIFA.com takes a look at the special footballing 'gifts' which were delivered on 25 December, Christmas Day.

Long-term absentees make triumphant returns

A tense final day of the African qualifying competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ ended with Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia joining Egypt and Nigeria as the continent’s five qualifiers.

Last-gasp Pharaohs end World Cup exile

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Egypt clinched their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia to earn their first appearance at the finals for 28 years, having had to watch from the sidelines since Italy 1990.

All to play for in Africa after first legs

Nothing has been decided after the two first leg semi-finals of the CAF Champions League. USM Alger shared the points with Wydad Casablanca and Etoile Sportive could yet regret their goal conceded at home against Al Ahly.

Nigerians on the brink, big guns out in the cold

FIFA.com reviews latest qualifying action from Africa where World Cup regulars Cameroon have suffered an early elimination along with Brazil 2014 participants Algeria, while Nigeria edged closer to their Russia 2018 goal.

Appiah: Anything is still possible

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FIFA.com speaks exclusively with new Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah who says a fourth successive qualification is still possible for the Black Stars despite a major stumble in their opening two group matches.