August's African football news in brief
African football stories in short for August including some of the transfers as new seasons begin around the world.
Saturday 31 August:
Egypt international Amr Warda has been sent out on loan by Greek club PAOK to rivals Larissa for the 2019/20 season.
The 25-year-old midfielder has been sent out for a third straight spell on loan since joining the Greek champions in January 2017.
Warda had a back-to-back stint at Atromitos Athen and has scored thrice in 36 appearances for PAOK.
He has won 30 caps for Egypt and made headlines recently when he was recalled to their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations squad two days after he was expelled for disciplinary reasons.
Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab have confirmed the signing of Senegal international Alfred N'Diaye from Spanish club Villarreal.
The 29-year-old midfielder penned a three-year deal with the six-time Saudi champions.
N'Diaye played nine matches for Villarreal since joining them in 2016 and spent last season on loan at another Spanish side Malaga.
His loan spells also include stints at at English clubs Hull City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
A former France youth international, N'Diaye opted for Senegal at senior level and has 28 caps for the Teranga Lions including a solitary appearance in the group stage against Algeria at this year's Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
French club Monaco have sent South Africa youth international Lyle Foster on a season-long loan to Belgian top tier side Cercle Brugge to develop his career.
The 18-year-old forward moved to the French principality in January and made his two appearances for the club towards the end of last season.
A product of Orlando Pirates' youth set up, Foster has represented South Africa at Under-17, U-20 and U-23 levels.
Algeria striker Yassine Benzia has joined Greek giants Olympiakos on loan from French side Lille.
The 24-year-old made 20 appearances on loan at Turkish club Fenerbahce last season.
The former France youth international who switched allegiance to the Desert Foxes in February 2016, moves to Olympiakos, with an option to buy.
Newly-promoted Turkish Super Lig club Denizlispor have signed Ghana's Isaac Sackey on a season-long loan from rivals Alanyaspor.
The midfielder, 25, has made four appearances for the four-time African champions Ghana in friendly matches.
Friday 30 August:
Morocco midfielder Youssef Ait Bennasser has joined Bordeaux on a season-long loan from French Ligue 1 rivals Monaco.
Bordeaux will have an option to buy the 23-year-old when the loan comes to an end next year.
Algeria youth international Aissa Boudechicha has joined French Ligue 1 side Bordeaux from local club Entente Setif.
The 19-year-old defender, who has played for his country at under-18, under-21 and under-23 levels, has signed a four-year contract in France.
"At 19, he has the future ahead of him. At first, he will be part of the reserve team under the leadership of Manu Giudicelli. We will carefully follow his progress within the Club!," Bordeaux announced on its website.
Algeria international Adam Ounas has joined French Ligue 1 side Nice on a season-long loan deal from Italian club Napoli.
The 22-year-old winger, who won the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt with his country, has the option to stay with Nice permanently.
He becomes the second Algerian international at the club as he joins up with defender Youcef Atal.
Ounas spent two seasons at rivals Bordeaux, scoring 10 goals in 60 matches before switching to Napoli in July 2017.
He helped Napoli to back-to-back runners up finishes behind Juventus in the Italian Serie A and made 39 appearances, scoring five goals and providing an assist.
French club Montpellier have announced the contract extension of their Algerian international Andy Delort.
However the Ligue 1 side have not revealed the length of the new deal for the 28-year-old forward.
This will be his second season with the former French champions and was impressive last season as he scored 14 goals in 36 league appearances.
Delort helped Algeria to win the recent Africa Cup Nations in Egypt featuring in five of the Desert Foxes' matches at the tournament.
Youcef Belaili who won the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt with Algeria has moved to Saudi Arabian club Al Ahli Jeddah from African champions Esperance.
The 27-year-old winger has signed a deal that will keep him in Jeddah until 2022.
Belaili spent the last three seasons with Esperance for a second spell and helped the Tunis-based club to win back to back African Champions League titles.
Belaili becomes the fourth 2019 Nations Cup winning player to move to the Gulf region after Yacine Brahimi, Mehdi Tahrat, Adlene Guedioura.
Thursday 29 August:
Mamoutou Toure has been elected as the new president of Mali's Football Association (Femafoot) at a general assembly in Bamako.
Toure, who edged his closest rival Salaha Baby by 32 to 30 votes with Alassane Souleymane getting no votes, says he wants to unite a divided football family in the West African country.
"After so many years of crisis, we must start with the reconciliation and total reorganisation of Femafoot for a transparent management of business," he said.
Back in March 2017, Mali was suspended by Fifa for government interference into the running of the country's football.
A normalisation committee was set up by the world's governing body to run Femafoot until Thursday's election.
Spanish La Liga club Getafe have sent Congo Brazzaville international Merveil Ndockyt on a season-long loan to Croatian top-flight side NK Osijek.
The 21-year-old winger has made six La Liga appearances since joining Getafe in 2017.
He spent last season on loan to Spanish clubs Mallorca and Barcelona's B team, for whom he made ten appearances and netted two goals.
Ndockyt has been capped 12 times by Congo Brazaville and had scored for a goal.
Guinean midfielder Mory Konate has left Borussia Dortmund to join Belgian top-flight side Saint-Truidense
The details of the deal for the 25-year-old have not been revealed by Saint-Truidense.
Despite being on Borussia Dortmund's books last season Konate only played for the club's feeder team in the fourth-tier.
Konate also had spells with other German lower division sides VfL Alfter and Erndtebruck.
Wednesday 28 August:
Ghanaian right back Ernest Boahene has moved to French Ligue 2 side Paris FC on a season long loan from Ghana's Kumasi Rainbow
The deal for the 19-year-old player also gives the club an option to make the move a permanent one.
It will be Boahene's first stint outside Ghana in his career and he becomes the second Ghanaian to join Paris FC this summer after Rabiu Mohammed.
Tuesday 27 August:
Somalia and South Sudan will both play the 'home' legs of their 2022 World Cup preliminary round ties on neutral territory.
Djibouti will play host to Somalia as they take on Zimbabwe on 5 September 5 before heading to Harare for the return tie on three days later in Bulawayo.
South Sudan, whose only stadium in Juba is being reconstructed as part of a Fifa project, will host Equatorial Guinea in Khartoum, the capital of neighbouring Sudan 4 September.
Mauritania international Adama Ba has joined Moroccan top-flight side Renaissance Berkane on a four-year deal as a free agent.
The 25-year-old winger had been without a club since he left Turkish second-tier club Giresunspor in May.
He has previously had spells at another Turkish side, Gazisehir Gaziantep, as well as French clubs Auxerre, Bastia, Niort and Brest.
Ba, who featured in all three of Mauritania's matches at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, has made a total of 23 appearances for the Mourabitounes scoring five goals.
Monday 26 August:
Cameroon international Paul-Georges Ntep has joined Turkish Super Lig side Kayserispor on loan from German club Wolfsburg.
The 27-year-old's deal includes an option for a permanent move at the end of the season.
Ntep struggled for regular first-team football in Germany, making 19 appearances for Wolfsburg, whom he joined in January 2017 from French club Rennes.
The winger spent the second-half of last season on loan at Rennes.
A former France youth international, he switched allegiance to Cameroon in 2018 and has been capped twice by the Indomitable Lions.
Sunday 25 August:
New Burkina Faso coach Kamou Malo has dropped his son, defender Patrick Malo, from a 27-man squad to face Morocco in a friendly on 6 September and then again four days later.
Malo, who recently terminated his contract with Asec Mimosas in Ivory Coast, has 20 caps, having made his international debut in a 4-1 defeat to Mali in a friendly in October 2015.
The 27-year-old featured thrice during Burkina Faso's unsuccessful 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.
Bakary Kone, who has not played for his Russian club Arsenal Tula all season and club-less Préjuce Nakoulma also miss out.
Veteran captain Charles Kaboré, the Traoré brothers of Alain and Bertrand, Bryan Dabo, Jonathan Pitroipa and Aristide Bancé are all included.
Uncapped goalkeeper Kilian Nikiema of Dutch side ADO Den Haag and local-based defender Soumaila Ouattara of Rahimo have also received call-ups.
Algeria international Hilal Soudani has played his first official match after 10 months on the sidelines with a cruciate ligament injury.
The 31-year-old midfielder played 66 minutes for his Greek side Olympiakos in their 1-0 win over Asteras Tripolis on Saturday.
His last match before the injury was for his former club Nottingham Forest against Burton Albion in a League Cup game on 30 October 2018 and he was thrilled with his comeback, saying after "10 long months, happy to play again."
Soudani missed out on a place in Algeria's triumphant 2019 Africa Cup of Nations team in Egypt because of the injury.
He has made 49 appearances for the Desert Foxes, scoring 22 goals.
Former Eritrea Football Federation president and Fifa-accredited referee Tesfaye Gebreyesus has died at the age of 78 following a long illness.
As a referee, Tesfaye officiated at several high profile events including the 1984 Olympics, the 1978 World Cup and at six editions of the Africa Cup of Nations.
He was a Fifa and Caf referee instructor and was awarded a Medal of Honour by the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa in 2012.
After his retirement as a referee, Tesfaye became president of Eritrea's Football Federation for eight years, and also served as president of the regional Council for East and Central Africa Football Association (Cecafa).
The current Eritrea Federation president, Esayas Abraham, led the tributes to Tesfaye, describing his death as "sad news".
Saturday 24 August:
Gabon international Serge Kevyn Angoue has moved to India to join top tier league side Mumbai FC.
The 25-year-old forward has signed a one-year contract as a free agent after he ended his contract with Libyan side Ittihad Tripoli in July.
He previously had spells with several Portuguese outfits including Maritimo.
Angoue has been capped eight times by Gabon including three matches at the 2017 African Cup of Nations on home soil.
Friday 23 August:
Mali midfielder Lassana Coulibaly has been sent on loan for a second consecutive season by French Ligue 1 club Angers.
The 23-year-old will spend next season at Belgian side Club Brugge, after spending the last one in Scotland at Rangers, where he made 19 Premier League appearances scoring a goal.
Coulibaly played in the last two Africa Cup of Nations finals for Mali and featured in all the four of their games at the recent tournament in Egypt.
Another Malian on the move is 18-year-old defensive midfielder Boubacar Traore, who has joined Ligue 1 club Metz on a five-year deal from AS Bamako.
He helped Mali win the Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations in February and then to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Poland, where he played five games and scored a goal.
Nigeria youth international Valentine Ozornwafor has been sent on loan by Turkish champions Galatasaray.
The 20-year-old defender, who moved to Turkey from two-time African champions Enyimba in June, will spend next season at Spanish second-tier side Almeria.
Ambitious Almeria have the option to sign the centre-back on a permanent deal for €1.85m euros, according to Galatasaray.
Ozornwafor played in the 2019 Under-20 World Cup for Nigeria and featured in two of their games at the tournament in Poland.
Morocco midfielder Sofyan Amrabat has moved to Italian Seria A club Hellas Verona on loan until the end of the season from Belgian side Club Brugge.
The 23-year-old, who is the younger brother of another Morocco international Nordin, had already made one appearance for Club Brugge this season.
Born in The Netherlands he represented the Dutch Under-15 and 17 national teams before switching allegiance to Morocco, for whom he has seven caps.
He was part of the Atlas Lions squad at last year's World Cup in Russia but was not at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Thursday 22 August:
Egypt international Ahmed Elmohamady has signed one-year extension to his contract with English Premier League side Aston Villa.
It will see the 31-year-old, who joined Villa in 2017, stay at the club until 2021.
Almohamady made over 40 appearances last season and has started both of Villa's league games so far this season.
He was part of Egypt's squad at the recent Africa Cup of Nations on home soil.
Senegal international Santy Ngom has moved to Ligue 2 club Caen on a three-year deal from French Ligue 1 side Nantes.
The 26-year old striker joined Nantes in 2017 but made only 13 league appearances for them scoring just once.
He spent the second half of last season on loan to Ligue 2 outfit Nancy, where he played 15 times in the league and scored two goals.
Born in France he committed his international future to Senegal last year and has made three appearances so far for the Teranga Lions.
Uganda striker Patrick Kaddu has joined Moroccan club Renaissance Berkane on a four-year deal.
The 23-year old spent the last two seasons with Kampala City Council Authority.
Kaddu helped Uganda to reach the last 16 of the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt featuring in three of the Cranes' four games, including a goal against DR Congo.
Morocco defender Hamza Mendyl has returned to France on a season-long loan to Djion from German side Schalke
The Ligue 1 club also have the option to buy the 21-year-old at the end of the loan spell.
He struggled for playing time at the German club, partly due to disciplinary reasons and spent time training with the under-23 team, and played just nine times in the Bundlesliga.
His last appearance was on 31 March against Hannover 96 and subsequently missed out on the Africa Cup of Nations with Morocco.
He featured in 2017 Nations Cup n Gabon and was part of the Atlas Lions squad at last year's World Cup in Russia.
Nigeria international defender Kingsley Madu has joined Danish club Odense BK on a one-year deal as a free agent.
"I've been handed a great opportunity here and I just want to give my best to the club," Madu told BBC Sport.
The 23-year-old made 22 appearances for Belgian side Zulte Waregem after joining them from Slovakia's AS Trencin in August 2016.
He spent the last six months of his Zulte Waregem's deal at second-tier outfit KSV Roeselare.
The left-back represented Nigeria at the 2013 Under-20 World Cup and won bronze at the 2016 Olympics, before earning three senior caps with the Super Eagles.
Morocco Football Federation president Fouzi Lekjaa has resigned from his role as president of local club Renaissance Berkane.
Lekjaa, who is also a Confederation of African Football vice-president, had been Renaissance president for the last 10 years.
During his presidency the club returned to the top-flight in Morocco after a 25-year absence and won the 2018 Throne (FA) Cup as well as reaching the Confederation Cup final earlier this year.
Hakim Ben Abdellah, who was Lekjaa's senior vice-president, has been appointed to succeed him for the next four years.
Wednesday 21 August:
Qatari side Al-Sailiya have announced the signing of Morocco international Mbark Boussoufa on a free transfer.
"Mbark has signed a two-season contract after long negotiations with him," Al-Sailiya announced.
The 35-year-old was a free agent after his six-month deal with Al Shabab of Saudi Arabia ended at the end of last season.
Boussoufa was part of Morocco's squad at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt as the Atlas Lions reached the last 16 of the tournament.
Cameroon defender Adolphe Teikeu has returned to French club Sochaux after a stint at Ohod in Saudi Arabia.
The 29-year old has signed one-year contract with the Ligue 2 side with an option to extend it for another year.
He returns just over a year after he was sold to Ohod , for whom he featured for 27 times in the Saudi Arabian top tier league last season netting two goals.
Teikeu, who has 22 Cameroon caps and helped them win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, spent three season with Sochaux before his move to Ohod.
Sweden-born Hanna Boubezari says it will be an adventure to play for the Algeria's women's team after she was handed a maiden call-up by the North Africans.
The 20-year-old who has Algerian parents, has been included in the squad to face Nigeria in the second-round of their 2020 Olympics qualifiers later this month.
The midfielder who plays for Swedish top-tier side Kungsbacka DFF admitted she doesn't know much about the team, but is excited about the opportunity.
"However, I've only spoken a little with the captain and to be honest I don't know really know much about the Algeria team," she said.
Algeria beat Chad 3-1 on aggregate to reach the second round and will host continental giants Nigeria in the first leg on 28 August, with the reverse fixture scheduled for Lagos on 3 September.
The winner will face Mali or Ivory Coast in the third round of the African qualifiers for the Tokyo Games.
Tuesday 20 August:
Belgian second-tier side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise (RUSG) has said it will dispute the legitimacy of KV Kortrijk's signing of Comoros international Faiz Selemani.
The top flight club announced Selemani's signing on its website but RUSG's chief executive officer Philippe Bormans insists his club did not give permission for an approach to be made.
"Our club obviously does not intend to stop there and is considering what further action studies it can take with the Pro League, URBSFA (the Belgium Football Association) and Fifa," a statement from Bormans contiuned.
"It is inconceivable and disturbing that a person running a professional club, and is also part of the Pro League and the URBSFA, can engage in such doubtful practices. The image and credibility of Belgian football are once again being tarnushed."
The 25-year-old impressed last season scoring 17 goals and was nominated alongside Percy Tau for the club's player of the season award, which the South African won.
Selemani, who was born in France, has five caps so far for Comoros since his debut in 2017.
Saudi Arabia's side Al-Fayha have announced the signing of Ghana international Samuel Owusu on a three-year deal from Serbian club Cukarick.
The 23-year-old winger also played for Radnik Surdulica in Serbia as well as Turkish side Genclerbirligi.
He played in all four of Ghana's games at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, as the Black Stars reached the last 16 of the tournament.
Ghana international Godfred Donsah has been sent on a season long loan to Belgian top flight league side Circle Brugge from Italy's Bologna.
The Belgian have an option to purchase the 23-year old midfielder, who struggled for playing time last season appearing only seven times for Bologna.
He represented Ghana at the 2015 Under-20 World cup in New Zealand as they reached the last 16.
His only appearance so far for the Black Stars was in a 1-1 draw with Egypt in November 2017 in a World Cup qualifier.
Liberia captain William Jebor has joined Pro-League side Fujairah n the United Arab Emirates.
The 27-year-old striker has been without a club since he left Morocco's Wydad Casablanca by mutual consent at the end of the season, despite having two years left on his contract.
During his first stint with Wydad, on loan from Portugal's Rio Ave, he was the league's top scorer with 19 goals as he helped them win the 2017 title.
Jebor began his career in Liberia and has played in Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Portugal.
Monday 19 August:
PSV Eindhoven youngster Mohammed Ihattaren says he is yet to decide whether he wants to commit his international future to Netherlands or Morocco.
The 17-year-old was born in the Netherlands and has played for them at every level from under-15 to under-19 but is eligible to swap to Morocco at senior level through his parents.
He was named by Morocco's new head coach Vahid Halilhodzic in his first Atlas Lions squad but Ihattaren is not ready to make a final decision on his international future.
"We'll see. I just want to be important and also make an international name for myself. That would be nice in the Netherlands, but also in Morocco," he explained.
"I owe a lot to the Netherlands. I'll not forget that in my choice."
Mauritania defender Sally Sarr has retired from international football at the age of 33.
He helped Mauritania to qualify for their first ever Africa Cup of Nations and was part of the Mourabitounes squad at the finals in Egypt.
Sarr, who plays for Swiss club Servette, says it is the right time for him to leave his national team.
"I hope one day to come back to help as a member of the technical staff, why not!?" the France-born player added.
Saturday 17 August:
Morocco's new head coach Vahid Halilhodzic has chosen his first Atlas Lions squad since being appointed in his new role.
Halilhodzic has named an extended list of 46 players for a 10-day training camp from 1 to 10 September 2019.
There are returns for Benfica's Adel Taarabt and Real Betis defender Zouhair Fadal who both missed out on the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Abderaak Hamdallah, the top scorer in Saudi Arabia last season, is not among the list.
Morocco will play two friendlies, against Burkina Faso on 6 September and then Niger four days later.
Both matches will take place at the Marrakech Stadium.
Sellas Tetteh, confirmed as Sierra Leone's new head coach by the FA last week, has named his assistant coaches - despite his appointment not being recognised by the country's sports ministry.
He will be assisted by two former Sierra Leone internationals, Musa Kallon and Amidu Karim.
Musa is the eldest brother of the Sierra Leone legend Mohamed Kallon and Amidu Karim is the head coach of Kallon FC.
Both played for Sierra Leone at the 1996 Nations Cup in South Africa.
Serbian coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic has left his position as coach of South African club Orlando Pirates.
The club confirmed he had vacated the post he had held for two years for reasons of "a personal nature."
Orlando Pirates say Rhulani Mokwena will take on coaching responsibilities assisted by Fadlu Davids and Franck Plaine.
Micho, who is vastly experienced in coaching across Africa, returned to South Africa in 2017 after departing his role as head coach of Uganda's national team.
DR Congo international Ngonda Muzinga has joined French Ligue 1 side Dijon on a two-year deal from AS Vita Club.
The 24-year-old, who has the option to sign for an additional year, spent five years at AS Vita Club
"What I liked about him is his athletic dimension and aggressiveness in one-on-one situation," said Dijon coach Stéphane Jobard.
"He is a very powerful player who can cover spaces and make a strong contribution on the wing."
Muzinga has 12 caps for his country and played three matches at this year's Africa Cup of Nations as the Leopards exited the tournament in the round of 16.
Spanish La Liga side Deportivo Alaves have sent Ghana international Patrick Twumasi on a season long loan to Turkish top tier league side Gazisehir.
The 25-year-old forward struggled for playing time last season, appearing only 11 times in La Liga.
He spent nearly five seasons with the Kazakhstan top tier side Astana, winning the league with them on four occasions before moving to Alaves in July 2018.
Twumasi has been capped twice by Ghana.
Friday 16 August:
Egyptian top-flight side Smouha have signed Burkina Faso's Mohamed Koffi and Libya's Mohamed Al Tarhouni.
Koffi returns to Egypt after a six month stint with Saudi Arabian side Al Kawkab.
The 32-year old defender has spent much of his club career playing in Egypt having featured for Al Masry, Zamalek, Duhok and Petrojet.
Al Tarhouni joins from Al Ahly Tripoli and it will be the 28-year-old's first stint outside of Libya having played for Tripoli's Al Ittihad as well.
He plays regularly for the Libyan national team and has made 14 appearances for the Mediterranean Knights.
Former Monaco and Everton forward Lacina Traore has rejoined Romanian club CFR Cluj after eight years.
The 29-year-old Ivory Coast striker has signed a two-year deal with the Romanian top-flight club, his last club was Hungary's Ujpest.
CFR Cluj take on Slavia Prague of the Czech Republic for a place in the group stage of the European Champions League.
Traore who won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast spent three seasons in his first stint with CFR Cluj from 2008.
He has been capped 13 times by Ivory Coast and played at the 2013 and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Thursday 15 August:
German side Hoffenheim have signed Mali international Diadie Samassekou from Red Bull Salzburg, who have won the Austrian league for the last six seasons.
The 23-year-old defensive midfielder has signed a deal until 30 June 2024, becomes Hoffenheim's seventh newcomer ahead of the Bundesliga campaign.
He was part of the Mali squad at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, playing three games, including the 1-0 defeat to Ivory Coast in the last 16.
Samassekou has 13 caps for Mali, having made his debut in a 5-2 win over Benin in a 2017 Nations Cup qualifier in 2016 in Bamako.
Cameroon international Pierre Ramses Akono has joined Belgian team Kas Eupen on a four-year deal.
The 19-year-old midfielder signs from Cameroonian division one side Eding Sport of Lekie.
Akono has attracted interest from several clubs across Europe spending the last month training with various teams .
He was part of Cameroon's initial squad for the Africa Cup of Nations but was not one of the 23 that played in Egypt.
Morocco midfielder Adel Taarabt has extended his contract with Portuguese side Benfica until 2022.
The 30-year-old has been at Benfica since 2015, but was loaned to Italian side Genoa from January 2017 until the end of June 2018.
On his return to Portugal he spent time with Benfica's B team before being restored to the first team at the end of last season.
"I think this renewal is a vote of confidence. I am very proud that the Club believes in me and I am very happy that we have reached an agreement to extend the contract, "he said.
Jeddah Club of Saudi Arabia have announced the signing of Gambia international goalkeeper Modou Jobe.
The Scorpions first choice keeper joins the second tier side as a free agent after the end of his two-year contract with Nigeria's El Kanemi Warriors.
Jobe 30, joined his new teammates for pre-season in Cairo before being unveiled in Jeddah on Wednesday.
"I'm honoured and proud to join Jeddah Club," said the former Real de Banjul captain on social media.
The Liberia Football Association (LFA) has appointed former Arsenal striker Christopher Wreh as head coach of the squad that will participate in the 2019 West African Football Union (Wafu) Nations Cup next month in Senegal.
The 44-year-old former Monaco and Birmingham striker took Liberia to the final of the 2018 Wafu Under-20 tournament, losing 2-1 to The Gambia in Monrovia in May.
Liberia will take on Morocco, who are the first guest side invited to a Wafu tournament on 29 September.
The Atlas Lions replaced Sierra Leone, who were serving a Fifa ban from global football when the draw was made in May.
The expanded tournament will feature 16 nations and kicks-off on 28 September with the final set for 13 October at the Stade Lat Dior in Thies.
The eight winners from the first round will progress to compete in the main cup competition with the losers feature in a second-tier plate event.
Wednesday 14 August:
Ivory Coast international Seydou Doumbia has terminated his contract with Spanish club Girona by mutual consent.
The 31-year-old forward joined the Catalonia side last August from Portuguese outfit Sporting CP but struggled for playing time.
He featured in 17 out of Girona's 38 La Liga appearances last season, scoring two goals, but could not help the club avoid relegation.
The former CSKA Moscow player was part of the Ivory Coast team that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
DR Congo-born striker Silas Wamangituka has joined German second division club VfB Stuttgart on a five-year deal.
The promising 19-year-old, who had attracted interest from top clubs in France, joins from French second-tier side Paris FC on a deal until June 2024.
Five-time German champions Stuttgart finished 16th in the Bundesliga last season, losing to Union Berlin in the play-offs.
"I will do everything I can to play in the Bundesliga with Stuttgart," Wamangituka told the club website.
Wamangituka started his football career in his homeland DR Congo before joining the youth side of French club Olympique Alès at the age of 17.
He switched to French second division Paris FC in summer 2018 and made his professional debut in August.
Uganda international Hassan Wasswa has signed for Saudi Arabia outfit Jeddah Club.
The second division club confirmed that the player had arrived in Jeddah City and would train with the team on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old defensive midfielder was a key player for Uganda during the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt where he played in all four of the Cranes' matches.
He has previously played for Al Shorta of Iraq, Al-Nejmeh of Lebanon and Tala'ea El Gaish in Egypt.
Liberia international Oscar Murphy Dorley has signed a four-year contract with Czech top tier side Slavia Prague.
The 21-year-old midfielder will move to his new club in January 2020 from his current Czech side, Slovan Liberec.
"I'm excited about the transfer. I think it is important for me to stay in Liberec and move to Slavia after the middle of the season. This is another step in my career and I am very happy for it," the player said on Slavia Prague's website.
Oscar has 13 caps for Liberia, having made his debut in a 1-1 draw with Guinea in a 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier in Monrovia on 5 July 2015.
Oscar has also worn George Weah's iconic number 14 shirt, which was retired during last September's 2-1 friendly defeat to Nigeria in Monrovia.
Tuesday 13 August:
Gabon international Lloyd Palun has returned to France to join Guingamp on a two-year deal as a free agent subject to medical tests.
The 30-year-old defender spent the last two seasons in Belgium playing for top-flight side Cercle Brugge featuring in 46 league matches including 22 last season.
Palun has previously had stints with several French clubs including Nice and Martiques, where he spent his youth career and later graduated to the senior team.
He has represented Gabon 39 times including his 10 matches at three Africa cup of Nations finals, 2012, 2015 and 2017 respectively.
Monday 12 August:
Sierra Leone striker Musa Noah Kamara has moved to Sweden to join second-tier side Trelleborgs.
The 19-year-old, who has one international cap so far, is set for his first stint outside of Sierra Leone and has signed a three-and-a-half year contract.
"Musa is a strong forward and a goal scorer," Trelleborgs manager Peter Swardh told the club's website.
Kamara finished as the top goal scorer of 2019 Sierra Leone Premier league with 15 goals to help East End Lions emerge as champions.
Africa Cup of Nations winner Mohamed Fares faces a long spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.
The 23-year-old Algerian is set to undergo surgery on the left knee that he injured during a pre-season match for his Serie A club SPAL against Italian rivals Cesena last Thursday.
SPAL are yet to say how long he will be out of action, but with such an injury he is expected to miss several months.
Fares was a key player for SPAL last season featuring in 35 of the club's 38 Serie A games last season and netted three goals.
He played twice for Algeria as they won the Nations Cup in Egypt to take his tally to nine international caps.
Sunday 11 August:
It was a "debut to remember" for Burundi striker Saido Berahino as he scored in a 2-0 win for new club Zulte Waregem away to Genk in the Belgian top flight.
Berahino, 26, left Stoke "by mutual agreement" on Wednesday and swiftly completed a two-year deal on Friday.
After making the starting squad, the former West Bromwich Albion player was delighted with his 78th minute goal in Saturday's victory against champions Genk.
"What a debut to remember. Great performance from the boys. Big thank you for the travelling fans," Berahino wrote on social media.
Nigeria striker Kayode Olanrewaju is on the move again as he joins Turkish club Gazisehir FC on a season-long loan from Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk.
The 26-year-old joined Manchester City in August 2017, but was immediately sent out on loan to Spanish club Girona.
His season-long deal was cut short after six months, before another loan to Shakhtar was turned into a permanent move in June 2018.
Olanrewaju represented Nigeria at the 2009 and 2011 Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups respectively.
He made his debut for Nigeria in a friendly against Senegal in March 2017 and has four caps for the three-time African champions.
Friday 9 August:
Former Chelsea attacking midfielder Gael Kakuta has returned to French club Amiens for a second stint on a permanent deal from Spanish club Rayo Vallencano.
The 28-year old DR Congo international has signed a three-year contract with the ligue 1 club who he was loaned to for the 2017/2018 season scoring six goals in 36 matches.
He struggled for playing time last season and only featured in 12 La liga matches for Rayo Vallencano scoring just once.
Kakuta's previous clubs include Lazio, Fulham, Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea, Deportivo La Coruna and Sevilla.
He also had a stint in China with Hebei China Fortune.
Kakuta played for the country of birth France at youth levels before he switched allegiance to DR Congo, who he has represented four times.
He was not part of the Leopards squad at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Former Nigeria coach Austin Eguavoen has been named the technical director at Slovenian second division side NK Drava Dakinda.
The 53-year-old, who managed Greek lower tier club APS Zakynthos last season, has signed an undisclosed deal with the club owned by compatriot Emmanuel Oloja Akpakwu.
A former Nigeria defender and a member of the golden generation, he played for his country at the 1988 and 1992 Africa Cup of Nations, and when they won the tournament in 1994.
He also represented his country at the 1994 World Cup in the United states.
As a manager he had two stints as Super Eagles coach and led them to a third-place finish at the 2006 Nations Cup in Egypt. He also managed his country's under-20 and under-23 sides.
Chad forward Casimir Ninga has left relegated Caen to join French rivals Angers for a reported fee of US$3.36 million.
The 26-year-old has signed until 2023 for the Ligue 1 side after scoring six goals in 33 league matches last season.
Sierra Leone international Alie Sesay, who was at Leicester City's academy, has joined Bulgarian top-flight side FC Arda Kardzhali on a two-year deal.
The 25-old defender spent last season in Greece playing for Kissamikos, where he made 25 league appearances.
The London-born player has had stints with English clubs Barnet and Cambridge United as well as Swedish outfit Frej.
He made his debut for Sierra Leone against Cameroon in October 2014 has so far won a total of five international caps.
Thursday 8 August:
Former Roma midfielder Ricardo Faty has extended his contract with Turkish club Ankaragucu for another season.
The Senegal international joined the Ankara-based club from another Turkish side Bursaspor a year ago and made 19 appearances last season scoring three goals.
The 33-year France born player had stints in French Ligue 1 for Nantes, Strasbourg and Ajaccio.
He has also featured in the German Bundesliga for Bayern Leverkusen as well as Roma in the Italian Serie A.
Faty represented the French Under-21s before he committed his international future to Senegal who he has played for three times since 2012.
Belgian top-flight club Zulte-Waregem have sent Guinea international Idrissa Sylla on a season long loan to rivals KV Oostende.
The 28-year old forward has now joined his third Belgian club, having previously had a stint with Anderlecht.
Sylla netted a total of three goals in 18 appearances for Zulte-Waregem across all competitions.
He was part of Guinea's squad at the recent Africa Cup of Nations but didn't play a single match for Syli Nationale in Egypt.
Wednesday 7 August:
Sierra Leone have begun training for their 2022 World Cup preliminary round qualifier against neighbours Liberia despite being without a coach.
The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) technical director John Jebbor Sherington is in charge of training 51 local based players invited by his department until a new head coach for is appointed.
The SLFA said in a statement that the recruitment process of a coach is ongoing and the announcement is expected this week.
The match in Monrovia will mark the return of Sierra Leone to international football after their suspension was lifted by Fifa two months ago.
Liberia will host the first leg in Monrovia on 4 September while Sierra Leone will host the return leg the following week in Freetown.
German club Fortuna Düsseldorf have signed Ghanaian youngster Kelvin Ofori from the Right to Dream Academy on a deal until 2022.
The 18-year-old forward joins compatriots Bernard Tekpetey and Nana Ampomah at the club.
The club's Sporting Director, Lutz Pfannenstiel, is delighted that they have snapped up a promising talent.
"Kelvin Ofori is a great talent in Ghana and we are very happy that he has chosen Fortuna," Pfannenstiel told the club website.
"He has a great technique and his pace makes him hard to defend. We are convinced that he can develop as best as possible with us."
Senegal midfielder Sidy Sarr has signed for French Ligue 1 club Nimes from Ligue 2 side Chateauroux on a four-year deal.
The 23-year-old, who also spent time on loan Lorient, joins for an undisclosed fee and could make his debut for his new club against French champions Paris Saint Germain on Sunday.
He played twice for Senegal as they qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations but was not in the final squad in Egypt.
Tuesday 6 August:
Gabon defender Yrondu Musavu-King has joined French Ligue 2 side Le Mans from Boulogne, who are in the tier below.
The details of the 27-year-old's contract have not been made public.
He has 13 caps for Gabon and has had stints with French sides Lorient and Toulouse as well as at Swiss club St Gallen.
Monday 5 August:
Gambian youngster Alassana Jatta has joined Danish first division side Viborg FF on a four-year deal from Estonia's Paide Linnameeskond.
The 20-year-old, who joined the Estonian club from Gambia's Real de Banjul, has scored 13 times in 17 appearances this season.
"I am very happy to be here and am excited to get started here in Viborg. It's a big challenge for me, but I love challenges," the lanky forward said.
Mali midfielder Souleymane Diarra has signed a three-year deal at Turkish club Gazisehir Gaziantep from French club Lens.
The 24-year-old played in two of Mali's qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations but was not included in their squad for the finals in Egypt.
Saturday 3 August:
Tunisia international Yoann Touzghar has extended his contact with French club Troyes until 2022.
The 32-year old forward made 34 league appearances last season and has already featured twice this season in Ligue 2.
France-born Touzghar committed his international future to Tunisia and has made five appearances for the Carthage Eagles, but was not part of the Africa Cup of Nations squad last month.
Egyptian side Tanta have confirmed the acquisition of Kenya international John Avire on a permanent deal.
The top-flight side have not disclosed the details of the deal for the forward, who joins from Kenyan club Sofapaka.
The 22-year old featured in two of Kenya's matches at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Algeria international Zakaria Naidji has joined newly-promoted Portuguese club Gil Vicente on a season-long loan deal from Paradou AC.
The 24-year-old scored 20 goals in 30 league to finish top scorer in the Algerian top flight last season.
His performance attracted interest from several European clubs but he has joined Gil Vicente on initial loan with an option for a permanent switch.
Naidji's lone appearance for the Desert Foxes came as a substitute in the 1-1 home draw with The Gambia in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier back in March.
Libya international Saleh Taher has joined Moroccan side Ittihad Tangier on two-year deal from Al Ahli Tripoli.
It will be the 27-year-old striker's first stint outside of Libya having played for Khaleej Sirte before Al Ahli.
Taher played in all five of Libya's matches as they finished fourth at the 2018 African Nations Championship or CHAN in Morocco.
Friday 2 August:
Tunisian side CS Faxien have taken Amr Gamal on a season-long loan from Egypt's Al Ahly, with an option to buy the striker.
It is a third loan spell for the 27-year-old, who missed out on the Africa Cup of Nations on home soil, after stints with South Africa's Bidvest Wits and HJK Helsinki in Finland.
Turkish club Goztepe have announced the signing of Gambia defender Bubacarr Sanneh on loan from RSC Anderlecht.
The 24-year-old joined the 34-time Belgian champions last summer for 8 million Euros from Danish club FC Midtjylland.
Sanneh made 19 appearances last season and scored his only goal for the club in the derby win over Standard Liège.
The former Real de Banjul captain has 12 caps for the Scorpions at international level.
Mauritania international Mohamed Yali Dellahi has joined Algerian top-flight club NA Hussein Dey on a two-year deal.
The 21-year-old midfielder spent last season for another Algerian side Tadjananet, who were relegated to the second tier.
He moved to Algeria in 2017 after a stint with Latvian side Liepaja.
Dellahi played every minute of Mauritania's three matches at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Egyptian side Al Ittihad of Alexandria have announced the signing of Uganda international player Emmanuel Okwi from Tanzanian club Simba.
"The club board signed a very good talent, who was one of the best players in Uganda's national team at the Africa Cup of Nations, the player put a pen to in a two years deal on Thursday." Al Ittihad said in a statement.
Al Ittihad coach Tallat Yousef also praised the deal: "He is a very good player and will be a great support to our attack in the next season."
The 26-year-old played in all four of the Cranes matches at the Nations Cup and scored goals against DR Congo and Zimbabwe
It brings an end to his third stint at Simba, he has also played for Uganda's SC Villa, Danish side SonderjyskE, Tanzania's Young Africans and Etoile du Sahel in Tunisia.
Morocco international Faycal Fajr has returned to La liga club Getafe on a two-year deal after a season at French club Caen.
"Getafe CF and SM Caen have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player, Faycal Fajr," Getafe said in a statement on their website.
The 31-year-old France born Fajr joined Caen last summer and featured in 36 Ligue 1 games netting five goals.
Fajr featured in two of Morocco's matches at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, where they were knocked out in the last 16 stage by Benin.
He has made 33 appearances in a for the Atlas Lions.
Thursday 1 August:
Portuguese top-flight side Os Belenenses have taken two African players on season-long loans from French club Lille.
Burkina Faso international goalkeeper Herve Koffi on loan, until the end of the season.
The 22-year-old has only featured six times for the first team at Lille since joining them in 2017 and moves to Portugal in search of more experience.
The other player on the move is Togo defender Hakim Ouro-Sama, 21, he has seven international caps but is yet to play a professional game for Lille.
Egyptian side Pyramids have announced the signing of Uganda's Lumala Abdu from Swedish side Kalmar FF.
The 22-year-old had been in Cairo since Friday negotiating with the club before finalising the deal on Wednesday.
Abdu was part of the Uganda squad that reached the last 16 of the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
He will join forces once again with coach Sebastien Desabre, who he worked under when the Frenchman was in charge of Uganda.
Madagascar's Ibrahim Samuel Amada has moved to Qatar's Al Khor from Algerian club Mouloudia Alger.
The 28-year-old midfielder has been playing in Algeria since 2011, featuring for several clubs including two-time African champions Entente Setif.
He helped Madagascar to reach the he quarter-finals of the recent Africa Nations Cup in Egypt, having played in all five of the Barea's games at the tournament.
Amada scored in the 2-2 draw against DR Congo in the last 16 and also converted one of the post-match penalties that saw Madagascar progress to the last eight.