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 Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia.
||Winners - 1962
|HOW THEY QUALIFIED
|THE COACH | SEWNET BISHAW
Some of the notable results he has managed at the helm of the squad include the aggregate win over Sudan to qualify for the 2013 Afcon, and the draw away to South Africa in a World Cup qualifier.
|THE CAPTAIN | DEGU DEBEBE
Yet another product of Ethiopia's most successful club, he has won four league titles since joining St Georges from Arba Textile eight years ago. He is expected to lead the team from the backline at the Nations Cup, with his experience and determination set to be put to the test.
|THE STAR PLAYER | ADANE GIRMA
During the 2013 Afcon qualifiers, the 27-year-old calmly dispatched the all-important penalty that helped Ethiopia eliminate Benin on away goals in the preliminary round, then following his impressive form by scoring the opening goal as Ethiopia secured their first Afcon trip in three decades at the expense of neighbours Sudan. Girma has also been successful at club level, assisting St George's to clinch the Ethiopian league title on four occasions during his six-year stint.
|THE EMERGING TALENT | ALULA GIRIMA
The Saint Georges player's displays have attracted rave reviews and interest from clubs in Egypt and Tunisia. He is expected to be a permanent fixture in the Black Rhinos rear guard during the Afcon group stage matches against Nigeria, Zambia and Burkina Faso.
Debebe, Bekel, Seid, Megersa
Kebede, Bogale, Elyas, Teshome