Goal.com takes an in depth look at each of the 16 national teams aiming to make their mark on Africa's most popular competition
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 Carthage Eagles of Tunisia.
||Winners - 2004
|HOW THEY QUALIFIED
|THE COACH | SAMI TRABELSI
The north Africans went through three tacticians (Humberto Coelho, Faouzi Benzarti, and Bertrand Marchand) in just three years since then, and the results have been disastrous. Trabelsi is looking to build on the solid foundation he has laid thus far.
|THE CAPTAIN | AYMEN MATHLOUTHI
The Etoile du Sahel keeper has been given the armband, and coach Trabelsi trusts that he has the leadership skills and commands the required respect to make sure his charges know what is at stake, and he will lead by example to show his team-mates what is expected of them. Confident and with lightning reactions, he will be looking to keep as many clean sheets as possible.
|THE STAR PLAYER | YOUSSEF MSAKNI
Msakni can serve as a ruthless support striker and is one of the top rated talents in the Tunisian league. His outstanding dribbling, quickness, and finishing skills have drawn interest from a number of European clubs. He's the son of a former international and part of a family of footballers. The youngster is unbelievably fast on the dribble and conserves the ball admirably, befuddling defenders who dare attempt to take it away from him.
|THE EMERGING TALENT | SABER KHELIFA
The striker has an eye for goal, and is able to involve his team-mates and create goals for others when he is at his best. He has the attributes of a prolific attacking player, and a hat-trick in an October Ligue 1 game against Montpellier was a testament to his abilities.
Gharbi, Alheishri, Abdennour, Boussaidi
Mouelhi, Saihi, Hammami, Msakni