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 Eagles of Mali.
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|HOW THEY QUALIFIED
|THE COACH | PATRICE CARTERON
He is a strict disciplinarian and tactically efficient as he has guided the Malians to a number of victories since taking over. The players respect him, and his coaching philosophy is thus far paying dividends for the Eagles.
|THE CAPTAIN | SEYDOU KEITA
Keita, who currently plays in the Chinese league for Dalian Aerbin is a major unifier in the team, as he is highly respected by the players and represents his coach on the pitch.
|THE STAR PLAYER | MOUSSA YATABARE
He is a ferocious attacking player. The 23-year-old, who was born in France and has previously played for the French Under-20 team is the main figure in an attacking quartet which also features Cheick Fantamady Diara of Stade de Rennes and Modibo Maiga of West Ham.
|THE EMERGING TALENT | SIDY KONE
Kone, 20, has stepped into the shoes of Mamadou Diara with confidence and he has been the main architect pulling the strings in the midfield enforcing role for the Malians. As a good tackler of the ball, Sidy also joins the attack and he is well noted for his piercing passes and exquisite long drives.
Coulibally, Kante, Tamboura, Diakite
Kone, Diakite, Keita
Yatabare, Maiga, Diara