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 Fennecs of Algeria.
||Winners - 1990
|HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Algeria overcame Gambia in the original qualifying round, allowing them to take on north African rivals Libya in the final qualifying tie. The Fennecs proved too strong for their regional counterparts, and thanks to a 1-0 victory in Libya, and then the home game going the way of the Algerians 2-0, Halilhodzic's men secured their ticket to South Africa with a 3-0 aggregate.
|THE COACH | VAHID HALILHODZIC
|THE CAPTAIN | MEDHI LACEN
Defensive midfielder Medhi Lacen is a key figure for the Fennecs, and his time spent playing in Spain for the likes of Racing Santander and his current club Getafe have provided him with incredible experience that he can bring to the national team picture.
The 28-year-old played in all three of Algeria's 2010 World Cup group stage matches, and his leadership at the 2013 Afcon in South Africa will be important for the north Africans, who will be keen to make a real splash at the continental competition.
|THE STAR PLAYER | SOFIANE FEGHOULI
The former French youth international is important for the national team due to the attacking opportunities that he creates from midfield, although he is no slouch when aiming to make the difference on his own. The 22-year-old will be looking to gain the respect of Algerian supporters, while taking on the playmaker role in a very talented lineup.
|THE EMERGING TALENT | HILAL SUDAN
Mesbah, Bougherra, Belkalem, Medjani
Lacen, Kadir, Feghouli, Boudebouz