Africa Cup of Nation’s begins as most African stars start the challenge for victory. Most premier league stars are all available to show the world and give their country total commitment.Players to watch are Mane,Salah,Iwobi, Ndidi, Mikel,Cedric ,Farouk Miya and Riyad Mahrez etc.

GROUP A
EGYPT (nicknamed The Pharaohs)
BOSS: Javier Aguirre. Ex-midfielder whose 24-year managerial career has seen him boss Atletico Madrid, Japan and Mexico twice – as well as becoming embroiled in a Spanish match-fixing scandal.

STAR: Mo Salah. The reigning African footballer of the year became a Champions League winner with Liverpool this month, confirming his status as one of the world’s best players.

DR CONGO (nicknamed The Leopards)
BOSS: Florent Ibenge. Former Shanghai Shenhua boss combines his Leopards role with his position as manager of Kinshasa outfit Vita Club, where he won the Congolese top-flight title last year.

STAR: Cedric Bakambu. Jumped on the Chinese Super League gravy train when joining Beijing Guoan from Villarreal for £35.4million in February 2018 and has been prolific in the Far East.

UGANDA (nicknamed The Cranes)
BOSS: Sebastien Desabre. Frenchman quit then Egyptian Premier League table-toppers Ismaily two years ago for Uganda – replacing Serb Milutin Sredojevic who had quit over unpaid wages.

STAR: Farouk Miya. The versatile forward, currently with Croatian outfit Gorica, is only 21 yet has racked up more than 50 appearances and 21 goals for his country.

ZIMBABWE (nicknamed The Warriors)
BOSS: Sunday Marimo. Zimbabwe love a bit of Sunday service, with this the 67-year-old’s FOURTH spell. Once missed out on a job at South Africa’s Umtata Bush Bucks because he lost his passport!

STAR: Marvelous Nakamba. The midfielder has a lot to live up to with a name like that but has been a regular for 2018 Belgian champions Club Brugge for the last two seasons.

GROUP B
NIGERIA (nicknamed the Super Eagles)
BOSS: Gernot Rohr. The German was a legendary player turned manager at Bordeaux and has spent the last decade in central-Western Africa, bossing Gabon, Niger, Burkina Faso and now Nigeria.

STAR: Alex Iwobi. The Arsenal winger has steadily improved in the last few years, racking up 100 Premier League appearances and scoring a stunning consolation goal in the Europa League final.

GUINEA (nicknamed the National Elephants)
BOSS: Paul Put. The Belgian, 63, is on to his third African nation after bossing Gambia and Kenya – as well as Chinese outfit Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard.

STAR: Naby Keita. The Liverpool midfielder has been included in Guinea’s provisional squad, despite missing the end of the season – and the Champions League final – with a thigh injury.

MADAGASCAR (nicknamed Barea)
BOSS: Nicolas Dupuis. After an unspectacular managerial career, the 51-year-old somehow led Madagascar to their first ever major tournament – and he did it in style.

STAR: Jeremy Morel. The Lyon defender, 35, was one of a handful of Frenchmen to switch allegiances after qualification – though Dupuis was wary of risking squad harmony by including too many converts.

BURUNDI (nicknamed the Swallows)
BOSS: Olivier Niyungeko. A rare example of an African nation employing one of their own countrymen as boss, 48-year-old Niyungeko previously took Flambeau de l’Est to the Burundi Premier League title.

STAR: Abdul Razak. The striker, 25, plays his club football at Algerian outfit JS Kabylie and his six goals in qualifying was only bettered by Nigeria’s former Watford hitman Odion Ighalo.

GROUP C
SENEGAL (nicknamed the Lions of Teranga)
BOSS: Aliou Cisse. Dreadlocked former Portsmouth and Birmingham midfielder had a reputation as a hardman as a player – and is not one to cross in the dugout either.

STAR: Sadio Mane. The jet-heeled forward has been linked with a mega-money move to Real Madrid but sees no reason to leave Champions League winners Liverpool. Captains his country.

ALGERIA (nicknamed the Desert Foxes)
BOSS: Djamel Belmadi. Former midfielder who had spells at Southampton and Manchester City, where he was the victim of a bank theft costing hundreds of thousands of pounds.

STAR: Riyad Mahrez. The Man City winger had been largely sidelined by Pep Guardiola this season but played a big part in the last-day win at Brighton that clinched the title and the FA Cup final triumph.

KENYA (nicknamed Harambee)
BOSS: Sebastien Migne. The Frenchman, 46, previously bossed the Republic of Congo and masterminded the Harambee to their first CAF team of the year nomination last year.

STAR: Victor Wanyama. The Spurs midfielder will hope skippering Kenya to their first AFCON in 15 years will help get over the disappointment of the Champions League final.

TANZANIA (nicknamed the Taifa Stars)
BOSS: Emmanuel Amunike. Former African Footballer of the Year who played for Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup, scored the winning goal in the final of the 1996 Olympics and played for Barcelona.

STAR: Mbwana Samatta. The Brighton target blasted 25 goals for Genk this term, winning the Ebony Award for Belgium’s best African player or player of African descent, previously won by Vincent Kompany.

GROUP D
MOROCCO (nicknamed the Atlas Lions)
BOSS: Herve Renard. The 50-year-old with movie star good won the AFCON with Zambia in 2012 and with the Ivory Coast in 2015, while taking Morocco to their first World Cup for 20 years in Russia.

STAR: Hakim Ziyech. One of the many talents to emerge at Ajax this season, midfielder Ziyech.

IVORY COAST (nicknamed the Elephants)
BOSS: Ibrahim Kamara. Former Under-23 boss was handed the job on an initial two-year deal in July as the Elephants finally ended their seven-month search for Marc Wilmots’ successor.

STAR: Nicolas Pepe. The Lille hotshot, 24, has been linked to a host of top European clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester United, after blasting 22 goals this term.

SOUTH AFRICA (nicknamed Bafana Bafana)
BOSS: Stuart Baxter. The 65-year-old was born in Wolverhampton and came through the Preston ranks, but has since played and managed in 11 different countries including Japan, Finland and the US.

STAR: Brighton striker Percy Tau spent this season on loan in the Belgian second division with Union Saint-Gilloise, Albion’s feeder club, and hit four goals in qualifying.

NAMIBIA (nicknamed the Brave Warriors)
BOSS: Ricardo Mannetti. The ex-midfielder led his country to their first international trophy with the Cosafa Cup in June 2015, quit 19 days later before rejoining that September and has been there since.

STAR: Ryan Nyambe. The Blackburn defender, 21, committed to the country of his birth last month and was hailed by manager Mannetti as a player “of a different dimension”.

GROUP E
TUNISIA (nicknamed the Eagles of Carthage)
BOSS: Alain Giresse. One quarter of the French Magic Square midfield at Euro 84, the 66-year-old has also bossed Paris Saint-Germain, Senegal and Mali a couple of times.

STAR: Youssef Msakni. The forward, who is married to gorgeous Tunisian actress and model Amira Jaziri, missed the Russia World Cup through injury.

MALI (nicknamed the Eagles)
BOSS: Mohamed Magassouba. The Malian has been in caretaker charge since Alain Giresse left two years ago – and has fallen out with keeper Mamadou Samassa over alleged broken promises.

STAR: Moussa Marega. The forward, 28, has a goal-to-game ratio of almost one in two for Porto – yet has hit only two goals in 20 matches for his country. Namesake Moussa Djenepo is set to join Southampton for £14m.

MAURITANIA (nicknamed the Lions of Chinguetti)
BOSS: Corentin Martins. A student of the legendary Guy Roux at Auxerre, Martins is coming up to half a decade in charge of AFCON debutants Mauritania.

STAR: Hacen El Ide. The midfielder, 21, has scored six goals in 35 international appearances and is on the books at La Liga outfit Valladolid.

ANGOLA (nicknamed the Sable Antelopes)
BOSS: Srdan Vasiljevic. A Serb defender who came through at Red Star Belgrade, played for Dinamo Bucharest in Romania and held a few smaller managerial jobs before taking the Angola reins in 2017.

STAR: Bastos Quissanga. Lazio defender, 28, who came off injured in the Coppa Italia final last month but still came away with his first medal as Simone Inzaghi’s side beat Atalanta.

GROUP F
CAMEROON (the Indomitable Lions)
BOSS: Clarence Seedorf. Still the only player to win the Champions League at three different clubs, the Dutchman is taking his first stab at international management after three unconvincing club spells.

STAR: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. The ex-Stoke striker may not be in Samuel Eto’o’s class, but he does play for a top-level club having made a shock switch to Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

GHANA (nicknamed the Black Stars)
BOSS: Akwasi Appiah. Succeeded Avram Grant for his latest spell as Black Stars chief, Appiah has previously travelled to Manchester City and Liverpool for training tips.

STAR: Thomas Partey. The Atletico Madrid midfielder has been accused of performing better for his club side than his country, but Partey remains one of Ghana’s key players.

BENIN (nicknamed the Squirrels)
BOSS: Michel Dussuyer. A French former goalkeeper who is onto his second spell as Benin boss, having already managed Guinea THREE times and the Ivory Coast.

STAR: Stephane Sessegnon. Still going strong at 35, the ex-Sunderland and West Brom playmaker is now playing his club football in Turkey with Genclerbirligi.

GUINEA-BISSAU (the African Wild Dog)
BOSS: Baciro Cande. A defender in the Portguese lower leagues in his playing days, he has largely managed in Guinea-Bissau club football before his two long stints as national team coach.

STAR: Zezinho. Guinea-Bissau’s captain began life at Sporting Lisbon before a spell in Greece and now plays for Slovakian outfit Senica.

All african players are available in addition no injury problem from any of the african countries.

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