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 Super Eagles of Nigeria.
||Winners - 1980 & 1994
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|HOW THEY QUALIFIED
|THE COACH | STEPHEN KESHI
A year on, Keshi has been able to merge the technical skills of the Europe-based players with the enthusiasm of the local players. They have combined well to form a new Super Eagles that the country is beginning to place its hopes in again. Leading his third team to the Afcon - following stints with Togo and Mali - Keshi will be hoping to finally win his first Afcon game. His experience garnered as a player where he led the Eagles to victory in 1994 will be needed to inspire this Nigerian side to great things in South Africa.
|THE CAPTAIN | JOSEPH YOBO
The Fenerbahce defender, who became the most capped player in his country's history, has already won three bronze medals at the Afcon. In South Africa, Yobo will be hoping to finally win the coveted trophy in order to justify the length of time spent in the country's service.
|THE STAR PLAYER | JOHN OBI MIKEL
The Chelsea man has won almost every title in club football. Mikel can be the catalyst to a new era of domination for the Nigerians if he gives to the men in Green and White as much as he gives to the Blues in English Premier League action.
|THE EMERGING TALENT | VICTOR MOSES
His move to Chelsea in the summer of 2012 has made him more visible on the international scene and he will be looking to confirm his billing at the 2013 Afcon. His pace and dribbling skills are his assets. Joined by compatriot Ahmed Musa on the wings, the starlet will hope to emerge as one of the stars in South Africa.
Oboabona, Yobo, Ambrose, Echiejile
Igiebor, Mikel, Nwankwo
Musa, Emenike, Moses