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Africa Cup of Nations 2013: The teams

updated 12:05 PM EST, Wed January 16, 2013
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Algeria

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Key player:
Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia)
Coach:
Vahid Halilhodzic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
World rank:
19
AFCON Winners:
1990
Runners-up:
1980
World Cup appearances:
1982, 1986, 2010
AFCON 2013 Fixtures:
Group D
Tunisia vs. Algeria 22/01/2013 Rustenburg
Algeria vs. Togo 26/01/2013 Rustenburg
Algeria vs. Cote d'Ivore 30/01/2013 Rustenburg
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Angola

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Key player:
Manucho (Real Valladolid)
Coach:
Gustavo Ferrin (Uruguay)
World rank:
84
AFCON Winners:
-
Runners-up:
-
World Cup appearances:
2006
AFCON 2013 Fixtures:
Group A
Angola vs. Morocco 19/01/2013 Johannesburg
South Africa vs. Angola 23/01/2013 Durban
Cape Verde Islands vs. Angola 27/01/2013 Nelson Mandela Bay
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Burkina Faso

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Key player:
Alain Traoré (Lorient)
Coach:
Paul Put (Belgium)
World rank:
89
AFCON Winners:
-
Runners-up:
-
World Cup appearances:
-
AFCON 2013 Fixtures:
Group C
Nigeria vs. Burkina Faso 21/01/2013 Mbombela
Burkina Faso vs. Ethiopia 25/01/2013 Mbombela
Burkina Faso vs. Zambia 29/01/2013 Mbombela
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Cape Verde Islands

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Key player:
Ryan Mendes (Lille)
Coach:
Lucio Antunes (Cape Verde Islands)
World rank:
69
AFCON Winners:
-
Runners-up:
-
World Cup appearances:
-
AFCON 2013 Fixtures:
Group A
South Africa vs. Cape Verde Island19/01/2013 Johannesburg
Morocco vs. Cape Verde Islands 23/01/2013 Durban
Cape Verde Islands vs. Angola 27/01/2013 Nelson Mandela Bay
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Cote d'Ivoire

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Key player:
Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua)
Coach:
Sabri Lamouchi (France)
World rank:
14
AFCON Winners:
1992
Runners-up:
2006, 2012
World Cup appearances:
2006, 2010
AFCON 2013 Fixtures:
Group D
Cote d'Ivoire vs. Togo 22/01/2013 Rustenburg
Cote d'Ivoire vs. Tunisia 26/01/2013 Rustenburg
Algeria vs. Cote d'Ivore 30/01/2013 Rustenburg
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DR Congo

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Key player:
Dieumerci Mbokani (Anderlecht)
Coach:
Claude LeRoy (France)
World rank:
107
AFCON Winners:
1968, 1974
Runners-up:
-
World Cup appearances:
1974
AFCON 2013 Fixtures:
Group B
Ghana vs. DR Congo 20/01/2013 Nelson Mandela Bay
Niger vs. DR Congo 24/01/2013 Nelson Mandela Bay
DR Congo vs. Mali 28/01/2013 Durban
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Ethiopia

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Key player:
Saladin Said (Wadi Degla)
Coach:
Sewnet Bishaw (Ethiopia)
World rank:
110
AFCON Winners:
1962
Runners-up:
1957
World Cup appearances:
-
AFCON 2013 Fixtures:
Group C
Zambia vs. Ethopia 21/01/2013 Mbombela
Burkina Faso vs. Ethiopia 25/01/2013 Mbombela
Ethiopia vs. Nigeria 29/01/2013 Rustenburg
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Ghana

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Key player:
Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain)
Coach:
Kwesi Appiah (Ghana)
World rank:
30
AFCON Winners:
1963, 1965, 1978, 1982
Runners-up:
1968, 1970, 1992, 2010
World Cup appearances:
2006, 2010
AFCON 2013 Fixtures:
Group B
Ghana vs. DR Congo 20/01/2013 Nelson Mandela Bay
Ghana vs. Mali 24/01/2013 Nelson Mandela Bay
Niger vs. Ghana 28/01/2013 Nelson Mandela Bay
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Mali

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Key player:
Mohamed Sissoko (Paris Saint-Germain)
Coach:
Patrice Carteron (France)
World rank:
25
AFCON Winners:
-
Runners-up:
1972
World Cup appearances:
-
AFCON 2013 Fixtures:
Group B
Mali vs. Niger 20/01/2013 Nelson Mandela Bay
Ghana vs. Mali 24/01/2013 Nelson Mandela Bay
DR Congo vs. Mali 28/01/2013 Durban
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Morocco

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Key player:
Younes Belhanda (Montpellier)
Coach:
Rachid Taoussi (Morocco)
World rank:
74
AFCON Winners:
1976
Runners-up:
2004
World Cup appearances:
1970, 1986, 1994, 1998
AFCON 2013 Fixtures:
Group A
Angola vs. Morocco 19/01/2013 Johannesburg
Morocco vs. Cape Verde Islands 23/01/2013 Durban
Morocco vs. South Africa 27/01/2013 Durban
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Niger

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Key player:
Moussa Maazou (Etoile du Sahel)
Coach:
Gernot Rohr (Germany)
World rank:
105
AFCON Winners:
-
Runners-up:
-
World Cup appearances:
-
AFCON 2013 Fixtures:
Group B
Mali vs. Niger 20/01/2013 Nelson Mandela Bay
Niger vs. DR Congo 24/01/2013 Nelson Mandela Bay
Niger vs. Ghana 28/01/2013 Nelson Mandela Bay
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Nigeria

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Key player:
Ikechukwu Uche (Villareal)
Coach:
Stephen Keshi (Nigeria)
World rank:
52
AFCON Winners:
1980, 1994
Runners-up:
1984, 1988, 1990, 2000
World Cup appearances:
1994, 1998, 2002, 2010
AFCON 2013 Fixtures:
Group C
Nigeria vs. Burkina Faso 21/01/2013 Mbombela
Zambia vs. Nigeria 25/01/2013 Mbombela
Ethiopia vs. Nigeria 29/01/2013 Rustenburg
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Togo

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Key player:
Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur)
Coach:
Didier Six (France)
World rank:
71
AFCON Winners:
-
Runners-up:
-
World Cup appearances:
2006
AFCON 2013 Fixtures:
Group D
Cote d'Ivoire vs. Togo 22/01/2013 Rustenburg
Algeria vs. Togo 26/01/2013 Rustenburg
Togo vs. Tunisia 30/01/2013 Mbombela
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Tunisia

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Key player:
Issam Jemaa (Kuwait SC)
Coach:
Sami Trabelsi (Tunisia)
World rank:
45
AFCON Winners:
2004
Runners-up:
1965, 1996
World Cup appearances:
1978, 1998, 2002, 2006
AFCON 2013 Fixtures:
Group D
Tunisia vs. Algeria 22/01/2013 Rustenburg
Cote d'Ivoire vs. Tunisia 26/01/2013 Rustenburg
Togo vs. Tunisia 30/01/2013 Mbombela
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Zambia

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Key player:
Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton)
Coach:
Herve Renard (France)
World rank:
34
AFCON Winners:
2012
Runners-up:
1974, 1994
World Cup appearances:
-
AFCON 2013 Fixtures:
Group C
Zambia vs. Ethopia 21/01/2013 Mbombela
Zambia vs. Nigeria 25/01/2013 Mbombela
Burkina Faso vs. Zambia 29/01/2013 Mbombela
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South Africa

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Key player:
Thulani Serero (Ajax)
Coach:
Gordon Igesund (South Africa)
World rank:
87
AFCON Winners:
1996
Runners-up:
1998
World Cup appearances:
1998, 2002, 2010
AFCON 2013 Fixtures:
Group A
South Africa vs. Cape Verde Islands 19/01/2013 Johannesburg
South Africa vs. Angola 23/01/2013 Durban
Morocco vs. South Africa 27/01/2013 Durban
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on 19 January
  • Hosts South Africa take on Cape Verde in opening match
  • Holders Zambia will be looking to defend last year's triumph

(CNN) -- It's here again -- the tournament that sees Africa's finest battle for footballing glory. South Africa is hosting the 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), welcoming 16 teams from across the continent.

Holders Zambia will be looking to defend last year's fairytale triumph when they won their first-ever AFCON title after beating a star-studded Ivory Coast team in a dramatic penalty shootout.

The tournament kicks off on 19 January, with the host nation taking on debutants Cape Verde in Johannesburg. The final takes place on February 10.

Click on the country markers above to find out more about the teams taking part.

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