Goal.com takes an in depth look at each of the 16 national teams aiming to make their mark on Africa's most popular competitionThe 2013 Africa Cup of Nations is fast approaching, and the 16 teams that will be aiming to become continental champions have been decided.
The 2013 Afcon takes place from 19 January to February 10, and it is to be held in the 2010 World Cup host nation, South Africa.
History will be written on February 10 at Soccer City in Johannesburg, as the 29th Africa Cup of Nations comes to a climax and a winner is crowned.
Goal.com introduces you to the 16 teams that will be taking part in this highly-anticipated competition. Here we profile the Atlas Lions of Morocco.
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|HOW THEY QUALIFIED
|THE COACH | RACHID TAOUSSI
Taoussi has earned a great reputation in Morocco after winning a historic treble with Maghreb Fez last season, earning the club the African Federation Cup, the African Super Cup, and the Throne Cup. Taoussi is aiming to build a strong team by putting faith in the best local players and calling up Moroccans who are getting plenty game time in their European clubs.
|THE CAPTAIN | HOUSSINE KHARJA
Kharja was the top scorer for the Atlas Lions at the 2012 Afcon, and he will aim to be Rachid Taoussi's representative on the pitch in an effort to lead the Moroccans to cup glory.
|THE STAR PLAYER | MEHDI BENATIA
That experience is vital for the national team, and his influence on the pitch and in the dressing room will be appreciated by coach Taoussi and his team-mates.
|THE EMERGING TALENT | ABDELAZIZ BARRADA
The 23-year-old midfielder will be looking to make the difference for the north Africans, and opposing teams would be wise to study Barrada's qualities in order to counter his attacking abilities.
Belakhdar, Benatia, El Adoua, Bergdich
Kharja, EL Ahmadi
Barrada, Belhanda, Assaidi