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 Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
||Winners - 1996
|HOW THEY QUALIFIED
|THE COACH | GORDON IGESUND
With excellent man-management skills and an ability to completely turnaround teams' fortunes, Igesund was the ideal choice for a Bafana Bafana side which was struggling on the pitch. He will be focusing all his attention on creating a positive atmosphere in the South African camp and preparing a compact group for the African Cup of Nations.
|THE CAPTAIN | BONGANI KHUMALO
Khumalo currently plays for Greek outfit PAOK on a season long loan from his club Tottenham Hotspur. He has struggled to make an impact at White Hart Lane and has been on loan three seasons in a row making infrequent appearances for Preston North End and Reading. Khumalo will be hoping he gets more game time at PAOK, which will help him bring confidence and form coming into the Afcon.
|THE STAR PLAYER | KATLEGO MPHELA
However, Mphela is recovering from injury and Gordon Igesund will hope to have his attacking force at full power come the kick-off of the African Cup of Nations on January 19.
|THE EMERGING TALENT | DEAN FURMAN
With an ability to control the game in the middle of the park, Furman has been a great addition to the national team, with his ability to read the game highlighted with his presence near the action for most of the match. He has shown that he can adapt his game to specific situations. He is an emerging midfield force for Bafana Bafana and has earned praise from Gordon Igesund on numerous occasions.
Gaxa, Khumalo, Gould, Ngcongca
Tshabalala, Furman, Dikgacoi, Serero